ROUNDUP: Katy-area coronavirus updates, case counts for April 28

Katy ISD continues to serve free meals for children while campuses are closed on weekday mornings. (Courtesy Katy ISD)
Katy ISD continues to serve free meals for children while campuses are closed on weekday mornings. (Courtesy Katy ISD)

Katy ISD continues to serve free meals for children while campuses are closed on weekday mornings. (Courtesy Katy ISD)




Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties reported a total of 516 confirmed coronavirus cases April 28 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes. The counties reported 500 cases April 27.

Only Waller County is providing the number of recoveries at the ZIP code level, and all three of the Katy-area cases in Waller county have recovered. None of the counties are providing the total number of public and private tests administered by ZIP code.

Katy ISD

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved an agenda item at the April 27 regular meeting that allows the the superintendent to submit a waiver for educator appraisal requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. District administration noted that it is difficult to conduct appraisals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fort Bend County


The Commissioners Court voted to extend the county’s disaster declaration until May 31.

Additionally, the county is working to open two more free coronavirus testing sites. One could open in the Katy area or Fulshear.

Harris County

County Judge Lina Hidalgo unveiled a three-pronged approach to continue slowing the spread of the coronavirus as businesses begin to reopen: Test, trace and treat.

Also, the Harris County Toll Road Authority will begin collecting tolls again on all toll roads within the county starting at 6 a.m. on April 29.

Houston area

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