April 6: 5 coronavirus stories North Houston readers need to know

While the facilities of the Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center remain closed, the church is hosting weekly services online. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
While the facilities of the Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center remain closed, the church is hosting weekly services online. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

While the facilities of the Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center remain closed, the church is hosting weekly services online. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

See recent stories regarding the coronavirus that have been published recently in North Houston.

Judge orders halt to Harris County inmate release

A Harris County administrative judge has voided an order from County Judge Lina Hidalgo authorizing a review process for the release of some nonviolent inmates from the Harris County Jail shortly after the first few inmates were released April 3.

The Woodlands Township board, Montgomery County officials discuss local coronavirus updates

The Woodlands Township board of directors led off their April 2 special meeting with a discussion of the local responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough also attended the first portion of the meeting, which was held via video conference and livestreamed on the township website.



While socially distant, local Spring, Klein religious organizations gather online

Local religious organizations in Spring and Klein are doing what they can to offer community, support and spiritual guidance in a time when social distancing has become the new norm.

Tomball, Magnolia hotels see mass cancellations as travel plans, events dwindle

With more people staying home, events being canceled and business travel limited, hotels in Tomball and Magnolia are seeing significantly lower rates of occupancy.

Tomball: Fend off quarantine boredom virtually with martial arts, art classes and story times at home

While practicing social distancing, here is a list of resources hosted by Tomball and Magnolia area entities to explore as a family, from low-cost martial arts classes to story times with library staff.

Community Impact staff



MOST RECENT

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 buildings beginning June 1. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System discusses reopening plan for June 1

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 of its buildings June 1, prioritizing health science buildings.

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

In terms of county health in 2020, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 on length of life and quality of life.
Health Care Snapshot 2020: Montgomery County ranks in top 10 in Texas for health outcomes

In 2020 county health rankings, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 counties in Texas in the length of life and quality of life categories.

A homestead exemption removes part of the value of a property from taxation and lowers taxes. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe City Council approves 2.5% homestead exemption, saving owners of $100,000 homes $10.93 per year

Under a 20% homestead exemption, the city could lose a little over $3 million per year. Under a 2.5% exemption, the city could see a loss of $437,000 per year.

Volunteers pack boxes of food at the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County nonprofits receive $235,000 through Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The funding was part of an $8.2 million distribution to dozens of nonprofits in the region announced May 28.

Students enrolled in the University of Houston College of Nursing can take classes at the Sugar Land campus. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: UH College of Nursing dean reflects on how coronavirus has affected education, profession

Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students.

Houston Methodist researchers conducted a 25-patient trial in March and April to examine the safety of convalescent plasma transfusions as a possible treatment for COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)
Greater Houston-area health systems examine plasma transfusion as possible COVID-19 treatment

The experimental therapy involves the transfer of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to those who are currently symptomatic.

Each eligible child will receive $285 in benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Some Texas students eligible for one-time federal benefit to aid with food purchases

Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits.

Montgomery County commissioners criticized the lawsuit between Conroe Mayor Toby Powell and two tax officials of the county. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Montgomery County commissioners criticize Conroe Mayor Powell's lawsuit against tax officials

Montgomery County Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador called the lawsuit a “political posturing move.”

The Woodlands Pride has canceled its festival for Sept. 26. (Courtesy The Woodlands Pride)
The Woodlands Pride cancels annual festival due to coronavirus concerns

The nonprofit said it plans to celebrate Pride in the fall either through virtual events or small events.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.