ROUNDUP: 5 recent coronavirus stories from the North Houston area readers should know

(Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the North Houston area below.

‘I’m trying to stay alive’: Inside the life of an immunocompromised Conroe resident during coronavirus

While all residents have been advised to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus, it is a matter of life or death for Susan Brassard, who has a compromised immune system from colon disease and endometriosis and must take extra precautions to keep her and her family safe.

'Hard on staff and hard on residents': How Cy-Fair senior living centers are coping with the coronavirus

Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and officials with long-term care facilities and skilled nursing homes in Cy-Fair said they have adopted stricter protocols to protect residents and staff while working to keep residents connected with their families.



See how Spring, Klein businesses are giving back to health care workers, first responders during coronavirus pandemic

Editor Hannah Zedaker reports on some of the local businesses that are doing their part to assist first responders and the community during the ongoing crisis.

Lake Houston-area leaders discuss coronavirus relief options for small businesses at virtual Kingwood BizCom

Lake Houston-area leaders, joined by U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, met virtually to discuss the coronavirus’s effects on the economy and how the recently passed federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act could help.

Conroe ISD robotics team joins national effort to produce medical protective gear

Despite facing the disappointing news of a lost season and high school experience after school districts shut down their operations, students on a Conroe ISD robotics team found a way to stay active in their field by manufacturing face shields and other personal protective equipment for health care workers.

Eva Vigh, Shawn Arrajj, Hannah Zedaker, Kelly Schafler and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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The Montgomery ISD board of trustees met Jan. 19. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery ISD adopts first legislative platform

“In any year, the stakes are high for public education,” MISD Director of Communications Justin Marino said.

The Conroe ISD board of trustees met Jan. 19 for its regular monthly meeting. (Screenshot via Conroe ISD YouTube)
Conroe ISD board approves Caney Creek attendance boundary changes, 2021-22 calendar

Board members also approved spending for 20 replacement school buses and annual safety and security projects.

Steve Hoffart, owner of Magnolia Pharmacy, hopes to be chosen as one of the county's five vaccination hubs. Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe has already been selected as a vaccination hub provider, and the center began mass-administering doses at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Jan. 20. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County poised for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

One vaccination hub is now open, but appointments filled up within minutes. Here's what we know about the county's distribution plan.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Montgomery County continues to see new daily highs in active COVID-19 case counts as hospitalizations rise. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County COVID-19 total case count increases to over 34,000; active case count decreases by 1,500

The total COVID-19 case count across Montgomery County has surpassed 34,000.

The board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery ISD gathering community input for district goals

The goals are to improve in the following areas: academic achievement, safety, finance and operations, human capital, and communications and customer service.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Grand Central Park is located at I-45 North and South Loop 336. (Courtesy Kaplan Public Relations)
Grand Central Park in Conroe opens 148 homesites

New, move-in ready homes are currently under construction.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Harvest Market will open in late January in Montgomery. (Courtesy Harvest Market)
Harvest Market to open 'grocerant' in late January in Woodforest

The “grocerant” will feature a full dining experience and a grocery store with foods from around the world.