Montgomery County plans vaccine distribution; FDA warns of false negatives and more top Houston-area news

Officials expect demand for the vaccine will be huge once it opens to the general public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Officials expect demand for the vaccine will be huge once it opens to the general public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Officials expect demand for the vaccine will be huge once it opens to the general public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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

Montgomery County

Montgomery County’s mass vaccine distribution plan includes 5 major drive-thru sites

Montgomery County has developed a preliminary plan for mass vaccination distribution for the general public that could potentially vaccinate up to 5,000 individuals per day once supply becomes available.

Hundreds more COVID-19 vaccine doses sent to Montgomery County providers in fifth week of distribution



Montgomery County providers were set to receive their smallest allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses yet the week of Jan. 11, as weekly distribution efforts continue to send tens of thousands of vaccine doses to more than two dozen vaccination hubs throughout the state.

Bay Area

League City ends agreement with Big League Dreams; fields closed until further notice

In a city already struggling to meet the demand for sports fields on which young athletes can practice and compete, the League City location of Big League Dreams is closed until further notice.

The Woodlands

FDA alerts patients regarding possible false negatives from COVID-19 tests offered at Curative sites, including in Texas

A safety communication released Jan. 4 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerts patients and health care providers to the risk of possible false results, particularly negative results, from Curative tests for SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Cy-Fair

The Original New York & Chicago Pizza Co. rebrands as new Mexican restaurant in Cypress

Officials with The Original New York & Chicago Pizza Co. announced Jan. 2 a new venture at 27200 Hwy. 290, Ste. 160, Cypress. Rio Lindo Mexican Grill is now open, serving fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos and other Tex-Mex dishes.

Eva Vigh, Jake Magee, Ben Thompson, Vanessa Holt and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.


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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston City Council approves slate of potential affordable housing developments

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24.

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more. (Courtesy city of League City)
Despite pandemic, League City to host Sunday park events

Every Sunday in May, League City will host public events that include live entertainment, food trucks, games and more.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
FEMA to administer 126,000 COVID-19 vaccinations at NRG Stadium

The site is one of four FEMA-led vaccination hubs in the country.