6:57 PM Jul 14, 2020 CDT

UTMB experts say COVID-19 airborne transmission is responsible for rapid spread; virus lasts more than 12 hours in air

Two infectious disease experts from the Bay Area gave an update on the coronavirus and current research efforts July 14.


4:30 PM Jul 13, 2020 CDT

Harris County reports 129 new COVID-19 cases in Cy-Fair on July 15

The county itself surpassed the 50,000 case mark July 15.




TRANSPORTATION UPDATE: Harris County awards $8.8M construction contract for Louetta Road extension and bridge

Harris County commissioners voted unanimously at a July 14 meeting to award a construction contract of $8.8 million for a bridge project at Louetta Road over Little Cypress Creek.


Harris County begins exploring voter registration, election alternatives

The way elections are run and voters are registered in Harris County could look different following the 2020 elections, as Harris County Commissioners Court has begun exploring alternatives to the county's current democratic system.


Teachers, parents express concern about what 2020-21 could hold for Houston-area schools

As school districts throughout the Greater Houston area begin to release details about what in-person and virtual learning options will look like in the fall, questions remain for local parents and educators.


Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than three weeks, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.



UPDATED: Kroger joins Walmart, Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in all stores

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.


Texas Renaissance Festival to offer limited number of date-specific tickets July 18; face masks encouraged during 46th season

Should the festival season be canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, all tickets will be honored for the 2021 festival season, or guests may request a refund, according to festival information.


ELECTION RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14.




UPDATED: Michael Moore wins Democratic runoff, will face Tom Ramsey in race for Harris County Precinct 3 commissioner seat

With all voting centers reporting, unofficial results show Michael Moore emerging victorious in the Democratic primary runoff election for Harris County Precinct 3 commissioner.


HARRIS COUNTY ELECTION UPDATES: All voting centers fully closed, no lines remain as of 9 p.m.

Along with 150,000 ballots cast throughout the two-week early voting process, total voter turnout broke records for primary runoffs in the county.


ELECTION RESULTS: Joe Danna wins Republican primary for Harris County sheriff

Republican nominee Joe Danna is set to face incumbent Democrat Ed Gonzalez in November's general election for Harris County sheriff.




Construction begins on channel improvements near Timberlake Estates, Ravensway in Cy-Fair

The increased capacity in the channel is expected to reduce flooding risks during two-, five- and 10-year storms in the nearby communities.


Federal unemployment payments of $600 per week end July 25

While the added $600 federal unemployment benefits will end, Texans are still eligible for other forms of relief.


Raising Cane's coming soon to Vintage Park shopping center

The location is scheduled to open later this year.


Cy-Hope to hold food distribution event in Cypress July 17

The event will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or until all food is distributed.



Improvements along Hwy. 6, FM 1960 corridor continue

Construction is underway on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Phase 2F to improve intersections and modify signals along Hwy. 6 between West Little York and West roads and on FM 1960 between Fallbrook and Kenswick drives.


Disease expert discusses ongoing pandemic and nearing school year

Dr. Steven H. Kelder recently answered several questions for Community Impact Newspaper regarding COVID-19; trends in cases statewide; and important considerations for parents, students and educators as the 2020-21 school year approaches.


'Community Impact Newspaper' seeks feedback and more Houston-area business, community news

Read the latest Houston-area business and community news here.


Harris County coronavirus count: 2,001 cases, 8 deaths confirmed July 13

Public health officials in Houston and Harris County reported that 2,001 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed July 13, a new single-day record for the county.



Houston school districts assess digital divide amid virtual learning preparations for 2020-21 school year

Access to digitial devices and at-home internet will be critical as virtual learning becomes the new norm for many students in the upcoming school year.


Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.