April 6: 5 coronavirus stories South Houston readers should know

A car enters an empty parking lot at Rice Village on March 27. With social distancing measures in effect, small businesses have taken a hit. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
A car enters an empty parking lot at Rice Village on March 27. With social distancing measures in effect, small businesses have taken a hit. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

A car enters an empty parking lot at Rice Village on March 27. With social distancing measures in effect, small businesses have taken a hit. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are five stories from our last week of coronavirus coverage in South Houston.

Bellaire, Meyerland and West U businesses face the brunt of social distancing measures

Owners in the small-business and restaurant community in Bellaire, Meyerland and West University are worried that without support, many of them could be forced to close.

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce shares information about small-business relief programs

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar April 2 with banking and tax professionals for business owners in the community to learn about relief funding, including the PPP.



GUIDE: 10 ways to help the Katy-area community during the coronavirus outbreak

This article offers ways that Katy-area residents can help out their community, including volunteering, fostering animals, and donating money or making in-kind donations.

Pearland, Bay Area pharmacy working to keep people healthy in a COVID-19-focused environment

Pyramids Pharmacy, which has Pearland and Webster locations, is working on coronavirus prevention as well as on making sure people get their regular prescriptions.

Skip the grocery store: Inner Loop restaurants offering pantry staples, toilet paper and unique finds

Local restaurants have put their supplies up for sale, giving patrons a chance to pick up hard-to-find ingredients as well as everyday essentials.

Claire Shoop, Haley Morrison, Hunter Marrow, Jen Para, Matt Dulin and Nola Z. Valente contributed to this report.

Community Impact staff



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The June 2 march will culminate with a rally at the steps of Houston City Hall. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston city buildings, some METRO services planned to shut down ahead of June 2 march for George Floyd

Ahead of the June 2 march with members of George Floyd's family through downtown Houston, several city services are planning to shut down early in the afternoon.

With protests over the death of George Floyd expected to continue this week in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for social distancing, and use of sanitizer and masks among protesters. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 388 new cases, 3 deaths confirmed June 1

With protests over the death of George Floyd expected to continue this week in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for social distancing, and use of sanitizer and masks among protesters.

Businesses shuttering their doors due to coronavirus restrictions lowered the sales tax revenue collected by cities in May compared to May 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas comptroller reports 13.2% year-over-year state sales tax revenue drop in May

Tax collection revenue fell significantly in several sectors from May 2019 to May 2020, according to the comptroller's office.

EMS calls for suspected heart attacks are down nearly 50% since the coronavirus outbreak began in Houston. (Courtesy Houston Public Health)
Houston officials worry COVID-19 fears are driving down necessary hospitalizations

"You don't need to be afraid of catching the coronavirus at the hospital. Hospitals are safe to go to," Dr. David Persse said.

A march for George Floyd culminated at Houston City Hall on May 29. Another march is planned for June 2. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ahead of June 2 George Floyd march, Mayor Turner calls for peace, coronavirus protection

The march is led by Houston rappers Bun B and Trae Tha Truth and by members of George Floyd's family.

Demonstrators gathered at the Texas Capitol on May 31 to protest police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas officials respond to demonstrations, unrest in wake of George Floyd killing

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state of disaster in Texas on May 31, while various city officials and law enforcment responded to protests and violence over the weekend.

Jan Odegard has been named the interim executive director of the Ion. (Courtesy Rice University)
Rice University appoints interim executive director for Ion project

Gabriella Rowe recently stepped down from the role, according to an announcement from Rice University.

The Houston Police Department wants to give George Floyd's funeral a police escort, chief Art Acevedo said. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Police Chief Acevedo wants to give police escort for George Floyd's funeral

He said he will provide more details at a rally scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 where protesters will march to City Hall.

The rate of new cases being confirmed is still up compared to the end of April and early May. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Weekly total of new cases falls after two weeks of increases

The rate of new cases being confirmed is still up compared to the end of April and early May.

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center sees another week-over-week decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29.

The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)
Study predicts coronavirus spike and other top Houston-area stories

Read some of the most popular Houston-area content on Community Impact Newspaper’s website from this week.