ROUNDUP: Katy-area coronavirus updates, case counts for May 11
Teal Poppy, a boutique in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, urged hope over fear in its signage on Mother's Day on May 10. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties reported a total of 694 confirmed coronavirus cases May 7 in seven Katy-area ZIP codes since the beginning of the pandemic.
This is an increase of 84 cases since one week ago, May 4.
Only Waller County is providing the number of recoveries at the ZIP code level, so the number of active cases in the Katy area is not available. However, all three of the Katy-area cases in Waller County have recovered. In total, Waller County is reporting 23 recoveries out of 39 confirmed cases.
Harris County outside the city of Houston is reporting 2,020 recoveries out of 3,416 confirmed cases. Its total active case count is 1,317.
Fort Bend County is reporting 236 recoveries out of 1,385 confirmed cases. Its total active case number count is 1,111.
None of the counties are providing the total number of public and private tests administered by ZIP code. However, Fort Bend County’s testing sites have tested a total of 5,800 people.
City of Katy
The city of Katy will collect $978,275 in sales tax revenue in May based on sales made in March, a 7% decrease from the $1.1 million the city collected in May 2019, according to figures released May 6 by the Texas comptroller of public accounts. But a city of Katy official pointed out these numbers could be much worse next month.
Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced plans to resign by the end of May, citing concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and her own personal health issues. Her replacement will be selected by the Commissioners Court, which meets next May 19. The county clerk in Harris County serves a four-year term, and the next election will take place in 2022.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a release May 11 that 100% of Texas’ nursing home residents and staff members will be tested for the coronavirus. A timeline for when testing will begin was not provided.
The Texas Education Agency released guidelines for how school districts could choose to adjust their operations and schedules for the 2020-21 school year.