New restrictions coming for Houston-area counties due to COVID-19; former superintendent accused of theft and more top local news

As of Jan. 5, the Texas Department of State Health Services recorded COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q–which includes Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties–surpassed the 15% total capacity threshold from Dec. 29-Jan. 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
As of Jan. 5, the Texas Department of State Health Services recorded COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q–which includes Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties–surpassed the 15% total capacity threshold from Dec. 29-Jan. 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

As of Jan. 5, the Texas Department of State Health Services recorded COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q–which includes Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties–surpassed the 15% total capacity threshold from Dec. 29-Jan. 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Houston area.

Greater Houston

New restrictions on horizon for Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high

Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties could see public health restrictions tighten as a result of increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to data by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Bay Area



League City to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from Galveston County

The Galveston County Health District Is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine—one of two available coronavirus vaccines—to county residents, including in League City, who meet certain criteria.

BREAKING: Former New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin accused of stealing at least $30K from district, tampering with government record

New Caney ISD's former Superintendent Kenn Franklin, who suddenly left his position in mid-November, was arrested at 3:05 p.m. Jan. 7 and charged with alleged theft of at least $30,000 and tampering with a government record, according to arrest records from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Harris County

Bars closed, businesses back to 50% capacity in Harris County as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain above 15% threshold

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area Q—which includes Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend and six other surrounding counties—exceeded 15% of total hospital capacity for the past seven consecutive days, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Montgomery County

UPDATED: Keough allows outdoor gatherings of 10 or more in Montgomery County

In the Jan. 6 video posted to social media, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough stated the county will allow outdoor gatherings of 10 people or more, in compliance with Gov. Greg Abbott's GA-32 executive order.

Adriana Rezal, Jake Magee, Kelly Schafler and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.