4:26 PM Aug 4, 2020 CDT

Harris County announces evening testing hours, faster turnaround on COVID-19 tests

With some Harris County residents waiting up to two weeks to get test results, the county has announced a maximum turnaround time of 3-5 days on county-sponsored tests moving forward.


Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.


Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets.



Bayou City Art Festival in October will be a virtual event, organizers say

The Bayou City Art Virtual Experience is scheduled for Oct. 5-11.


Houston hot sauce shop iBurn launches fundraising effort to keep business going

"We've been through our ups and downs, but no downturn we've ever experienced has been as disastrous as this pandemic," owner James Beck wrote on his GoFundMe page.


U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.


Reopening HISD: Parents, district weigh next steps in deciding how to return to school

Parents say they have more questions before making their choice to stick with online or bring their children back to campus.



Budget meetings: When will Bellaire, West University Place discuss 2020-21 budgets, tax rates?

Over the next two months, Bellaire and West University Place will workshop, discuss and pass budgets and property tax rates for fiscal year 2020-21, which begins Oct. 1.




Registration open for 11 YMCA locations offering virtual learning centers to help working families this fall

“We understand these are uncertain times and many families are worried how they are going to balance work and follow the vital school curriculum at home,” YMCA President and CEO Stephen Ives said in the release.



Texas Medical Center ICU capacity returns to Phase 1 levels as COVID-19 hospitalizations decline

The Texas Medical Center has fewer patients in intensive care units as of Aug. 2.


Houston police will start writing tickets for refusing to wear a mask

Violators will be given a warning and will be asked to put on a mask, and if they refuse, they are subject to a $250 fine.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Bellaire-Meyerland-West University real estate: See some of the properties that sold in July 2020

Homes that sold in the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area included several expansive custom homes but also a well-maintained and expanded 1938 home in the Southampton neighborhood.



Texas State Teachers Association demands TEA prohibit in-person classes until Sept. 8

The statement was released after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week said that local districts have the sole authority to close schools due to the ongoing pandemic.



Harris County coronavirus count: Recoveries jump, active cases fall under new case tracking definitions

The confirmed number of COVID-19 recoveries in Harris County jumped over the August 1 weekend as the city of Houston began operating under a new record keeping protocol that redefines recoveries to include any cases where it has been "28 days or more since the case was reported, or released from [the] hospital and [is] not deceased."


Backlog of felony court cases grows as officials explore options to lower jail population

"We have to take the valve off. It’s a pressure cooker."






MAP: See COVID-19 concentrations by population in Harris County

As of July 30, more than 45,000 cases have been reported in Houston and over 71,000 in Harris County overall since the outbreak began.