UPDATE: Willie’s Grill & Icehouse temporarily closes 2 locations after employees test positive for COVID-19

Willie's Grill & Icehouse
The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

Updated May 24 at 4:45 p.m.

Officials announced May 24 via Facebook that an additional Willie's Grill & Icehouse location is temporarily closed after an employee who was last in the restaurant May 20 tested positive for COVID-19 at 19770 Hwy. 249, Houston. 281-477-6300.



Posted May 24 at 12:16 p.m.

Willie’s Grill & Icehouse President and CEO Greg Lippert announced in a May 22 Facebook post that the Copperfield location at 7092 Highway 6, Houston, would temporarily close after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.


Both employees passed a temperature screening at the start of their shift, the statement read. All employees have been provided access to free testing and will be paid while the restaurant is closed, officials said.

Read how other Willie’s locations are working to maintain the health and safety of employees and patrons as dining rooms reopen here. 281-345-2090.

By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


MOST RECENT

The daily total, the third highest in the county's history, came as Texas confirmed a total of 8,076 new cases overall, a new high for the state. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1,437 new cases confirmed July 1 as Texas Medical Center pushes into ICU surge capacity

The daily total, the third highest in the county's history, came as Texas confirmed a total of 8,076 new cases overall, a new high for the state.

The City of Galveston has decided to close all beaches for the 4th of July weekend. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Galveston closes beaches for Fourth of July weekend

The beaches will be closed from 5 a.m July 3 until 12:01 a.m. July 6. No cars will be allowed to park on Seawall Boulevard during this time.

Texas Medical Center entered Phase 2 surge levels as of July 1. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)
Texas Medical Center enters Phase 2 of capacity plan as COVID-19 ICU use continues to rise

ICU occupancy at Texas Medical Center has entered Phase 2 surge levels.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces a partnership between the city, Harris County and a team of nonprofits to address chronic homelessness at a July 1 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Zoom)
Updated: Harris County, Houston commit $58 million to program that could "functionally end chronic homelessness" in the county

The funding will be used to rapidly increase access to housing for as many as 5,000 homeless individuals.

Money stock art
Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.

The report comes as Texas, like states across the country, puzzles through decisions on what the upcoming academic year will look like for students and staff. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Texas Education Agency: 1 in 10 students have disengaged during the pandemic

More than 600,000 Texas public school students didn't complete assignments or respond to outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of COVID-19 patients in general ward hospitals in Harris County hit a new high mark for the 10th straight day, while intensive care unit occupancy neared its previous high. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 7-day average of new cases drops, but hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of COVID-19 patients in general ward hospitals in Harris County hit a new high mark for the 10th straight day, while intensive care unit occupancy neared its previous high from June 28.

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Students to be required to take STAAR test in 2020-21 school year

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

The order requires anyone age 10 or older to wear face coverings while patronizing businesses that serve the public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County disaster declaration, mask order extended through Aug. 26

The order requires anyone age 10 or older to wear face coverings while patronizing businesses that serve the public.

As more patients are diagnosed with COVID-19, hospitals must work together to manage capacities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
How Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is managing an uptick in COVID-19 patients

“We definitely are able to handle where things are right now, but we need everybody to come together to keep it from growing more than it has been in our community." said Keith Barber, the CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

H-E-B officials confirmed via email June 30 that all stores will require shoppers and employees to wear masks beginning July 1. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require all shoppers to wear masks amid coronavirus

H-E-B officials confirmed via email June 30 that all stores will require shoppers and employees to wear masks beginning July 1.

The June visa suspension includes skilled foreign workers associated with various fields, such as energy, technology, medicine and academics. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Experts: National visa suspension could affect workforce in top Houston-area industries

The June visa suspension includes skilled foreign workers associated with various fields, such as energy, technology, medicine and academics.