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Construction underway for coronavirus medical shelter at NRG Stadium

Just weeks after the Houston Rodeo was canceled due to fears of coronavirus community spread, NRG Stadium is undergoing a transformation to serve as an ancillary medical site for patients.


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Houston BCycle program closes 12 locations at Memorial, Buffalo Bayou, Hermann parks

The move comes after the organization recorded its highest monthly usage, with over 26,000 trips. It said about half of the trips originated from stations in city parks.

VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.



Coronavirus case count: Houston confirms 402 new cases, citing backlog

Total coronavirus cases in the Greater Houston area continue to rise.


Rice University establishes $1 million COVID-19 research fund, will house Texas Medical Center personnel

“We cannot wait for the traditional ways of getting research funding from the federal government,” said Yousif Shamoo, Rice University's vice provost for research.


REPORT: Stay-at-home order has saved an estimated 4,500 lives in Harris County so far

New data from the Rice University Kinder Instutite of Urban Research suggests social distancing efforts have been effective.


April 6: 5 coronavirus stories South Houston readers should know

Here are five stories from our last week of coronavirus coverage in South Houston.



Essential workers in Southeast Texas can now search for child care, receive financial assistance

Essential workers struggling to find child care amid coronavirus shutdowns can now find a provider and potentially receive financial assistance through a new Southeast Texas database.


5 virtual events and activities around Bellaire, Meyerland, West University, April 6-12

It is possible to practice safe social distancing while having a little adventure, celebrating a holiday or helping people in the community.


West University Place will allow several city departments to work from home starting April 6

Police, fire, and public works services will not be affected, the city said.


Bellaire, Meyerland and West U businesses feel the brunt of social distancing measures

Even longtime owners with loyal followings are feeling the strain.



During COVID-19 outbreak, Bellaire, West University Place offering services for seniors and those in need

Both cities are offering assistance to seniors and others who may be homebound during the outbreak.


Gloves, gowns, protective supplies donations to be collected at Minute Maid Park on April 8

The drive only accepts sealed boxes of supplies, but monetary donations can be made as well.


Houston parks stay open with new distancing measures in effect

The Head of Houston Parks Department said closing some or all, city parks is not off the table is social distancing protocols cannot be followed.


Judge orders halt to Harris County inmate release

The plan to release certain nonviolent inmates was announced earlier this week to try to prevent a coronavirus outbreak at the Harris County Jail.



TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.


ROUNDUP: 5 recent coronavirus stories from the South Houston area readers should know

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the South Houston area below.


ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.


Skip the grocery store: Inner Loop restaurants offering pantry staples, toilet paper and unique finds

Here are some of the Inner Loop restaurants now operating as neighborhood markets amid the coronavirus outbreak.



VIDEO: Texas Tribune interviews Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo about the coronavirus outbreak’s impact in Houston

The Texas Tribune demographics reporter Alexa Ura interviewed Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on April 3.



5 recent business stories from the Houston area readers should know

Read updates on how local businesses are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Baylor College of Medicine enrolling participants in COVID-19 treatment trial

The study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of novel therapeutic agents, the first which is the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir.



Struggling to pay April rent? Here are some resources in the Greater Houston area

The deadline for April rent is looming as renters—both in public and private housing—in the Greater Houston area may be struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.