ROUNDUP: Katy-area coronavirus updates, case counts for May 5

(Designed by Tessa Hoefle/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Designed by Tessa Hoefle/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Designed by Tessa Hoefle/Community Impact Newspaper)






Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties reported a total of 618 confirmed coronavirus cases May 5 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes. The counties reported 610 cases May 4.

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. In total, Waller County is reporting 23 recoveries out of 36 confirmed cases.

Harris County outside the city of Houston is reporting 1,794 recoveries out of 3,066 cases, while Fort Bend County is reporting 186 recoveries out of 1,245 confirmed cases.

None of the counties are providing the total number of public and private tests administered by ZIP code. Fort Bend County’s testing sites have tested a total of 4,212 people.


Katy area

Harmony School of Innovation-Katy donated 3-D printed face shields to local first responders at Christ Clinic and the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable's Office on May 4.

Fort Bend County

The County expects an increase of cases as it conducts more testing and it receives case numbers from long-term care facilities, according to a May 5 update.

Houston area

In April, the Houston-area apartment market saw average rents drop after years of growth and sharp declines in leasing activity overall, according to data published May 1.

Meanwhile, Houston-area Girl Scouts have lost about $3 million in revenue without cookie booths amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour will go virtual May 9.

The Blue Angels, a flight demonstration squadron of the U.S. Navy, will be conducting a 30-minute flyover above the Greater Houston area May 6 to recognize the health care providers and first responders who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

State

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press conference Texas barbershops and salons can reopen May 8, while gyms, nonessential manufacturers and office buildings can reopen May 18.

Also, Texas criminal justice advocates have been urging officials to to release individuals from county jails who are at high risk of severe illness or death from coronavirus. Learn more about the issue here.