ROUNDUP: Katy-area coronavirus updates, case counts for April 23

Here is the latest roundup of news about the coronavirus pandemic in the Katy area. (Courtesy Pexels)
Here is the latest roundup of news about the coronavirus pandemic in the Katy area. (Courtesy Pexels)

Here is the latest roundup of news about the coronavirus pandemic in the Katy area. (Courtesy Pexels)


Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties reported a total of 452 confirmed positive coronavirus cases April 23 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes.

The counties reported 448 new cases April 22, 436 cases April 21 and 405 cases April 20. The counties are not providing the total number of public and private tests administered by ZIP code.

Katy area

Katy-area businesses shared their stories on how they are adjusting to life amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read our April 2020 print cover story here.

Also, retail stores can now reopen April 24 with to-go options. Let us know if your business is reopening here.


Katy ISD

The district has issued about 12,000 technology devices since the start of the coronavirus. Learn how the instructional technology department was able to pass them out here.

Katy ISD also announced May graduations will be postponed to June, and July dates have also been secured just in case. However, high school proms are still set for June.

Fulshear

Fulshear City Council extended its local disaster declaration through May at the April 21 regular meeting.

City Manager Jack Harper estimates one third of the 220 businesses in Fulshear have been directly impacted by the stay-at-home order in Fort Bend County. Economic development officials are working to help these businesses.

Waller County

Waller County will host a mobile coronavirus testing site April 26 in Prairie View, County Judge Trey Duhon announced on Facebook.

The site will only accept patients who are screened, approved and provided a time slot for a drive-thru test, he added. Residents who show up without going through these steps will not be tested.

Testing is limited, so individuals wanting a test must go through a registration process. Registration begins 9 a.m. April 24. Individuals can register by going online to www.txcovidtest.org or calling 512-883-2400.

Fort Bend County

County Judge KP George said he will not issue an order requiring residents to wear face masks, but they are still strongly encouraged to do so.

Harris County

Harris County home values have risen by 6% on average, but the coronavirus disaster will not trigger tax relief.

Houston area

In the short term, coronavirus has forced breweries to shift their business models and revamp their to-go options. Still, breweries in the Greater Houston area—and across the state—have been hit hard. Read more about it here.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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