6:55 PM Jul 9, 2020 CDT

Galveston County adds 734 new coronavirus cases

There were 3,565 total cases in the county at the start of July. The latest totals on July 9 show a 49% increase in cases over the course of a week.



Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

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.



Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.


State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.


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

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.


UPDATE: As end of early voting nears, nearly 129,000 Harris County residents have cast ballots

Reminder: Today is your last chance to vote early before the the July 14 primary runoff.


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Home improvement & maintenance guide

Here are some other home project ideas he suggested for Bay Area residents wishing to upgrade their spaces.


Bay Area prepares for busy hurricane season during COVID-19

With a multimillion-dollar bond vote for drainage projects in the rearview mirror and a more active hurricane season in the midst of a global pandemic ahead, many Bay Area residents are still living in fear of potential flooding.


The Nutrition Fix opens in League City

The Nutrition Fix opened in League City Plaza at 194 Gulf Freeway, Ste. D3, League City, in early July.



Children’s Lighthouse now open in Seabrook

Children’s Lighthouse opened June 15 at 2551 Humble Road, Seabrook, adjacent to Ed White Elementary School.


Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.


From solid waste collectors to firefighters, Houston’s public workers facing strain from coronavirus exposures

Houston’s core city services are being strained by coronavirus exposures, city leaders report.


Two new lawsuits aim to reverse GOP convention cancellation

The lawsuits come the day after the contract for hosting the event was terminated.



MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.


UIL releases guidelines for conducting summer activities during COVID-19 pandemic

The University Interscholastic League released udpated guidelines for schools conducting summer activities such as sports training and marching band practices on July 8.


Houston's fifth annual Black Restaurant Week returns July 10-19

Participating patrons can play Black Restaurant Week Bingo and vote for their favorite participating eateries for a chance to win prizes such as restaurant gift cards, culinary treats and cash prizes.


Bay Area home sales down compared to last year

The real estate market is beginning to see the effects of COVID-19, with the number of homes sold in the Bay Area down over the past year compared to the previous year.



Harris County coronavirus count: 701 new cases confirmed as hospitalizations hold steady July 8

The city of Houston confirmed only 204 new cases July 8—down from over 1,000 July 7—a discrepancy that officials attributed to a "computer system slowdown."



League City officials give updates on drainage projects amid hurricane season

Officials detailed the design process and provided rough timelines for projects in several flood-prone neighborhoods.


Houston First Corp. cancels Texas GOP convention under guidance from Mayor Turner

The decision came one week before 6,000 delegates were expected to attend the event at the George R. Brown Convention Center



2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.


How It Works: Houston Police Department budget breakdown

Protests have put city budgets across the U.S. in the spotlight. Here's a breakdown of where HPD comes from and what it goes toward.