ROUNDUP: Coronavirus updates from the North Houston area

CHI St. Luke’s Health and HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest hospitals are currently allowing one visitor to accompany expecting mothers in labor and delivery. (Courtesy Fotolia)
CHI St. Luke’s Health and HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest hospitals are currently allowing one visitor to accompany expecting mothers in labor and delivery. (Courtesy Fotolia)

CHI St. Luke’s Health and HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest hospitals are currently allowing one visitor to accompany expecting mothers in labor and delivery. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Here are six updates related to the coronavirus outbreak North Houston readers may have missed.

The Woodlands Township provides update on Help Our Heroes protective equipment drive

Since its launch April 2, The Woodlands Township’s Help Our Heroes donation drive has collected thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment and sanitization products for first responders in Montgomery County.

Harris County Precinct 4 brings mobile testing sites to Tomball, Humble

Mobile testing sites in Tomball and Humble will test eligible residents who have completed an online assessment. The Tomball site will administer tests April 14-16, and the Humble site will provide tests April 20-22 and May 7-9.



Local birth centers, midwife services see increase in interest from expectant mothers

Birthing centers in Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair are seeing an increase in demand as pregnant women seek to avoid the perceived risks and increased restrictions at hospitals.

Sen. John Cornyn says eligible Texans should receive stimulus checks by mid-April

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Texans earning less than the specified household income threshold should receive up to $3,400 from the federal government in the coming days to help weather the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

Houston coronavirus testing: New guidelines allow for testing without symptoms, more testing sites available

Although testing is still being prioritized for vulnerable populations, new guidelines from the city of Houston allow those without symptoms to be tested in certain cases. This Q&A details the process and lists testing sites.

Ben Thompson, Anna Lotz, Adriana Rezal, Gavin Pugh and Emma Whalen contributed to this report.



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Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
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The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Montgomery County is set to receive its largest first-dose allocation during the week of March 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County set to receive largest vaccine allocation yet in first week of March

Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses were allocated to the county's two vaccine hubs and several additional providers for the week of March 1.

A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann closes out 2nd round of vaccines with 7,000 distributed among 2 clinics

The clinic will continue operations through 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

The "grocerant" opened Feb. 26. (Courtesy Lindsay Nichols)
GALLERY: Take a peek inside newly opened Harvest Market 'grocerant' in Woodforest

The two-level “grocerant” features a full dining experience and a grocery store.

The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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The median price of homes sold in ZIP code 77306 saw the greatest percent increase year over year in January. (Community Impact staff)
Check out this month's featured neighborhood, Crighton Ridge in Conroe

Crighton Ridge, located in Conroe, includes parks, a playground and a pond for residents to enjoy.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.