Surgery and urgent care center opening this month on FM 3083 in Conroe

Central Health and Austin Regional Clinic are both reporting upticks in flu cases in late 2017 and early 2018.

Central Health and Austin Regional Clinic are both reporting upticks in flu cases in late 2017 and early 2018.

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VIP Surgical Center and Bolt Urgent Care and Imaging Center are due to open in mid-March at 1246 FM 3083 W., Conroe. The two businesses will share a 20,000-square-foot building on a 12-acre lot. The surgery center will offer multi-specialty services covering patients from head to toe, and the imaging center will provide MRIs, CT scans and X-rays. 936-441-2233. www.vipsurgicalcenters.com
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Honor Cafe opened in downtown Conroe on July 13. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Honor Cafe now open in donwtown Conroe

The military-themed cafe offers a variety of classic American dishes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.

IYP's car wash collection fundraiser will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24. (Courtesy Interfaith Young Professionals)
Interfaith prepares for contactless school supply drive

Interfaith of The Woodlands hopes to raise supplies for around 2,000 area students.

A Cy-Fair ISD employee distributes meals via curbside pickup for district students during the summer. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Community Impact now seeking feedback from parents, teachers regarding 2020-21 school year

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The store opened July 10. (Courtesy Combat Zone Nutrition)
Combat Zone Nutrition now open in Conroe, serving shakes, herbal energy teas

Try the Mermaid herbal tea, made with an orange base and blue sweet tart.

Willis ISD released its preliminary plan for welcoming students back to campus in the fall, as well as options for remote learning. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Willis ISD lays out plan for fall instruction

Families will have until July 24 to make their decision about whether their student will learn through on-campus or remote instruction.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
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Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The county's active case count rose July 10 after three straight days of declines. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County adds 40 active COVID-19 cases, reaches 3,000 cumulative cases July 10

Five new hospitalizations and 87 new recoveries were also reported July 10.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

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Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

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