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)

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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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Despite bankruptcy, Alamo Drafthouse still coming to League City

Despite Alamo Drafthouse Cinema filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the incoming League City location is unaffected.

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that the statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, Harris County and city of Houston leaders are weighing in, and local health care providers are urging residents to continue to take precautions. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County, Houston leaders call end of statewide mask mandate a 'distraction' from power grid failures

"At best, today’s decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.

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Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

As of 11:30 a.m. on March 2, eight areas across Harris County remained under boil water notice affecting about 2,300 residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Thousands in unincorporated Harris County remain under boil notices

As of 11:30 a.m. on March 2, eight areas across Harris County remained under boil water notice affecting about 2,300 residents.

Abbott's Executive Order GA-34 lifts the state's mask mandate, effective March 10, and notes that "public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency.” (Courtesy Pexels)
Clear Creek ISD's COVID-19 protocols, including masking, to remain in effect

As of the evening of March 2, all current CCISD public health protocols will remain in effect at district facilities and during district events.

Clear Creek ISD will pay each of its staffers either $250 or $500 by mid-April. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD to provide staff with one-time COVID-19 payments despite trustee objections

The payments, which are intended to recognize extra risks and efforts associated with working during the pandemic, will cost the district a total of $2.8 million. Trustees Michelle Davis and Scott Bowen opposed the payments due to the timing amid budgetary uncertainty.

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One in 4 Houstonians experienced water leaks during winter freeze, new data finds

Houston Public Works fielded 11,000 calls related to water issues during and after the weather event.

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning in person for its spring iteration. (Courtesy Jennifer Greene/HoustonBallet)
Houston Nutcracker Market to make in-person return this spring

Of the 150 merchants on the roster, nearly 50 will be making their spring debut in 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other interconnected national electrical systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Leaving the Texas power grid 'not likely to be an option' for Harris County, official says

Just two weeks after severe winter weather dropped Harris County temperatures below freezing for three consecutive days, which led to widespread power outages, loss of water and the deaths of at least 50 county residents, Harris County Commissioners Court called for major reform at the state level regarding the Texas power grid and related energy policies.

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Houston expanding vaccine supply as 6,000 Johnson & Johnson doses arrive March 2

The first shipment will be sent to the mass-vaccination site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at NRG Stadium. The site vaccinates individuals who sign up for doses though the Houston Health Department’s vaccine waitlist.

Hank's Crab Shack gets and sells several hundred pounds of crawfish daily, especially during the peak of crawfish season. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hank's Crab Shack serving Katy; 16 Spring-Klein business updates and more Houston-area news

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