5:15 PM Jul 21, 2020 CDT

Montgomery County adds 102 new COVID-19 cases, 104 recoveries July 21

The county health department also shifted its COVID-19 call center system July 21.


Hey, Houston-area parents: When will your child go back to school? Find out here.

Houston-area districts discuss online and in-person learning options.


UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.



Subdued home sales in Conroe, Montgomery area mirror state trends

By April, home sales in Texas plummeted to 26,103—the fewest monthly sales since 2012.


Montgomery County Food Bank seeking volunteers following National Guard departure

Volunteers are needed to fill 27 positions for two shifts Monday through Friday.


UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


Conroe ISD opts for remote learning for first 4 weeks of school year

Remote learning will last at least until Sept. 8 and could be extended if the increase in COVID-19 cases continues.



Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.




Conroe, Montgomery, Willis ISDs outline reopening options

Here's what we know about schools reopening.



Texas Medical Center: Despite declining hospitalizations, COVID-19 ICU use continues to rise

Nearly half of all ICU beds in use in TMC institutions were occupied by patients with the viral disease.


Montgomery County adds 105 active COVID-19 cases July 17

Two new hospitalizations and more than 100 recoveries were also reported.





Here are 3 things to know about the extended Paycheck Protection Program

Houston-based attorney Juan Vasquez offered several tips and insights for business owners looking for relief as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.


Quadvest announces it will stop paying SJRA fees; authority deems decision 'irresponsible'

Quadvest said it would escrow all SJRA fees in an account that can be refunded to customers when the final verdict is rendered.


Texas Education Agency receives $200M in CARES Act funds for e-learning devices, internet connectivity solutions

The Texas Education Agency will receive $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for the purchase of e-learning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning for students who lack connectivity in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.


Texas Education Agency to allow for up to 8 weeks of online-only instruction at onset of 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts now have the option of offering online-only classes for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, according to additional guidance released by the Texas Education Agency on July 17.



Starbucks now open in Conroe

The coffee shop has about 20 employees and offers a drive-thru and nitro cold brew taps.


Federal, state leaders take steps to streamline forest land protection, coastal restoration efforts in Texas

According to the July 16 news release, the agreement will focus on encouraging strong, long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and scientific silvicultural practices, and aligning various agency land management activities to meet common goals



Texas organizations launch Texas Return to Work Initiative for workers, business owners

The Texas Return to Work Initiative provides resources for those navigating working during COVID-19, according to a press release.