3:15 PM May 28, 2020 CDT

Texas Supreme Court rejects push to expand voting by mail during coronavirus

However, Supreme Court justices also said voters can determine for themselves whether or not they are disabled, and local election officials are not obligated to verify those applicants' claims.


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Health Care Snapshot 2020: Harris County population outpaces number of physicians, registered nurses

Harris County has fewer physicians and registered nurses per 100,000 residents than nearby Montgomery County, according to 2019 data from Texas Health and Human Services.


Health Care Snapshot 2020: Harris County ranked among top 25 counties for length of life

In terms of county health in 2020, Harris County ranked among the top 25 on length of life.



Texas Renaissance Festival announces tentative modifications for 2020 season

In a May 28 statement, General Manager Joseph Bailey said new safety measures are in the works to comply with governmental recommendations, and an operating plan is expected to be reviewed with officials in June.


Study predicts coronavirus spike and other top Houston-area stories

Read some of the most popular Houston-area content on Community Impact Newspaper’s website from this week.


Texas Medical Center sees another week-over-week decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations

Texas Medical Center continued to see week-over-week decreases in the total number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations but also saw a significant increase in patient deaths, the medical center reported May 29.


Galveston Bay Foundation to host virtual, drive-thru rain barrel workshop

The Kemah-based nature conservation nonprofit is hosting a rain barrel workshop this weekend for Houstonians thirsting for a way to help conserve the community’s water supply.



Fainmous BBQ will have soft opening at new location June 1

Fainmous had originally planned to open in March, just as the coronavirus shutdowns began.


Houston ISD will hold summer school virtually, starting June 8

Classes are held Monday through Thursday, June 8 to July 2, with teachers meeting with students using the Microsoft Teams conferencing app.


See which Houston Public Library locations reopen with curbside services June 1

Items can be put on hold through the library website or by phone, with pickup available at 10 neighborhood locations.


Harris County coronavirus count: 1 new death confirmed May 28, 8 deaths over past 7 days

By comparison, 23 deaths were confirmed between May 16-22, and 39 deaths were confirmed between May 9-15.



Live music returns to Goode Co.'s Armadillo Palace starting May 28

Country music is on back on tap at Armadillo Palace.



Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.


Q&A: UH College of Nursing dean reflects on how coronavirus has affected education, profession

Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students.



West U will not reopen Colonial Park Pool on May 29; other city buildings and services to resume June 1

West U services and buildings are set to resume and reopen, except Colonial Park Pool.


Total closure: Section of I-69 Southwest Freeway will be closed at Loop 610 May 29-June 1

Northbound and southbound lanes of I-69 Southwest Freeway will be closed between May 29-June 1.


Greater Houston-area health systems examine plasma transfusion as possible COVID-19 treatment

The experimental therapy involves the transfer of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to those who are currently symptomatic.


Some Texas students eligible for one-time federal benefit to aid with food purchases

Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits.




Harris County coronavirus count: Two more METRO employees test positive

According to METRO, the two employees were a bus controller and a bus repairman, neither of whom had contact with the public. The bus controller has not worked for METRO since May 17.


Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen tests positive for coronavirus

The constable received a positive test result after experiencing a low grade fever and no other symptoms.


Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.



Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.


Virtual public hearing set for May 28 for Houston ISD's district of innovation plan

The public hearing is the first major step toward creating a district of innovation plan.