ROUNDUP: Montgomery County stay-home order lifted and other Houston-area news from this week

County Judge Mark Keough announced in a Facebook video April 17 that he has terminated the county's curfew and its "Stay at Home, Stop the Spread" order. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
County Judge Mark Keough announced in a Facebook video April 17 that he has terminated the county's curfew and its "Stay at Home, Stop the Spread" order. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

County Judge Mark Keough announced in a Facebook video April 17 that he has terminated the county's curfew and its "Stay at Home, Stop the Spread" order. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Catch up on some of the latest news in the Houston area from the past week.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough terminates 'Stay at Home, Stop the Spread' order, curfew

Shortly after Gov. Greg Abbott announced his plan to gradually lift certain coronavirus-related restrictions, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough responded by terminating the county’s stay-home order.

Employees at national grocery store chains test positive for coronavirus in Lake Houston area

Meanwhile, in the Lake Houston area, employees at two H-E-B locations and a Kroger have reported coronavirus cases in employees. Aldi, which has three stores in the area, has not had any employees test positive for the virus.



CY-FAIR DATA: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in all 10 of the ZIP codes within Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries.

Work begins on Hwy. 249, Grand Parkway direct connectors in Tomball

The project, expected to continue through June 2022, will add ramps in four directions connecting the Tomball Parkway and the Grand Parkway.

The Woodlands-area businesses preparing for reopening following governor's orders

Following an April 17 announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott, businesses in The Woodlands area will soon reopen operations in phases despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Eva Vigh, Kelly Schafler, Danica Smithwick, Anna Lotz and Andrew Christman contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

Assistant to the City Administrator Dave McCorquodale and Mayor Sara Countryman listened to presentations from Texas A&M University students Dec. 4, 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery to host public meeting on comprehensive plan

The city will host a virtual public meeting to finalize its comprehensive downtown plan July 8 at 6 p.m via Zoom. To register for the meeting, residents are encouraged to reach out to City Secretary Susan Hensley at shensley@ci.montgomery.tx.us.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is offering free coronavirus testing to residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Free COVID-19 testing site to open at Montgomery County Fairgrounds

The testing site will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m at 9055 Airport Road, Conroe.

Early voting was underway at the South County Community Center in The Woodlands on July 2. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 11,600 ballots cast in Montgomery County through first 5 days of early voting for July 14 runoff

More than 8,500 Republicans and 3,100 Democrats voted early through July 5.

Residents walk through a shopping center in north Conroe wearing masks before Gov. Greg Abbott issued his statewide mask order. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
In Montgomery County, ‘individual liberties’ a sticking point amid public health crisis

The county's sheriff's department said it will not enforce Abbott's latest order, which mandates face masks in public.

Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

The county's total COVID-19 case count rose by nearly 200 since July 2. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County adds 101 active COVID-19 cases, 96 recoveries over Independence Day weekend

The county's active COVID-19 case count and recovery total reached a new high July 6.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.

The First Street Foundation's dataset includes a forecast models that anticipate the effects of climate change and sea level rise. (Screenshot via First Street Foundation)
Analysis: FEMA may be undercounting national total flood risk by as much as 70%

The new dataset includes an interactive Flood Factor dashboard that anyone can use to assess the risk of flooding over a 30-year period for any address.