See what these North Houston-area businesses are doing to stop the coronavirus

Nancy Garner works on face masks at her sewing machine. (Courtesy Nancy Garner)
Nancy Garner works on face masks at her sewing machine. (Courtesy Nancy Garner)

Nancy Garner works on face masks at her sewing machine. (Courtesy Nancy Garner)

From face masks to hand sanitizer, North Houston residents and companies are getting creative to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Willis-based ink company Inkjet Inc. now producing hand sanitizer

Inkjet Inc. is repurposing the chemicals it uses to create industrial inks to produce hand sanitizer for industrial supply corporations, hospitals and first responders, according to a March 31 press release.

Roberds Pharmacy offers hand sanitizer for Conroe first responders

Roberds Pharmacy is offering hand sanitizer to any first responders in the Conroe area. First responders must show their badges and are limited to one per person while supplies last.

The Woodlands-area designer shifts focus to medical masks over shortage concerns

As area businesses go into lockdown due to coronavirus concerns, designer Romy McCloskey made the decision to use her surplus materials to make medical masks for those in need around the community free of charge.

Lake Conroe resident puts sewing skills to use making face masks

When the coronavirus began spreading across the country, Lake Conroe resident Nancy Gehr Garner decided to use her lifelong skill of sewing to provide face masks to those in need in the Lake Conroe area.

Magnolia Pharmacy owner creates, donates hand sanitizer to local first responders amid coronavirus outbreak

In the midst of many shortages, Magnolia Pharmacy owner Steven Hoffart has been able to create several orders of pharmaceutical-grade, alcohol-based hand sanitizers for first responders in Magnolia.

Huntsman Corp. ramps up sanitizer production for Switzerland

Huntsman Corp., a global chemical solutions company based in The Woodlands, is ramping up its production of hand sanitizer for Switzerland following an appeal by Swiss authorities.

Andrew Christman, Andy Li and Dylan Sherman contributed to this report.

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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.