LOOKING BACK: How the Lake Houston, Humble, Kingwood community responded to COVID-19 in 2020

From her car in a parking lot April 15, Kingwood resident Sherrie Jennings celebrated her birthday surrounded by her family. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
From her car in a parking lot April 15, Kingwood resident Sherrie Jennings celebrated her birthday surrounded by her family. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

From her car in a parking lot April 15, Kingwood resident Sherrie Jennings celebrated her birthday surrounded by her family. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic presented a slate of new challenges in 2020, Lake Houston-area residents, businesses and nonprofits did their best to support those in need and make the best of the situation.

Here is a look back at how the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood areas responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Local business and groups shifted operations to produce masks early.

Kingwood craft studios switch gears to sew face masks for community

Harris County Precinct 4 quilters, church groups come together to sew masks for the front lines


Facebook foodie groups banded together to support restaurants during pandemic-induced closures.

Kingwood resident uses social media game to support Lake Houston-area restaurants

Residents made the best of quarantine by stayed active with family.

Lake Houston area gets outside, stays active while social distancing during coronavirus

Local school districts, businesses and libraries stepped up to help students succeed.

Kingwood, Humble tutoring services continue virtually despite school closures

School districts, library systems offer students drive-up internet access

Local nonprofits and organizations switched to telehealth to continue serving the community.

Medical personnel transition, settle into telemedicine amid COVID-19

Humble, Kingwood rehabilitation specialists say coronavirus crisis causing relapse epidemic among opioid addicts

FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center receives $12,000 grant to enhance security measures

Local nonprofits and school districts answered the call for basic needs, resources.

Nonprofits adapt to continue serving Lake Houston community

Businesses, school districts adapt to new coronavirus restrictions

Organizations work to stay connected, provide assistance to seniors

Houston Food Bank to distribute food, cleaning supplies to Humble area

Businesses and groups adapted to keep going amid the pandemic.

Boutiques use personal touch, online sales to keep going

Craft breweries close taprooms, offer beer to-go

Lake Houston-area places of worship urge hope, adapt services

Andy Li and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.