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If a coronavirus recession mirrors 2008 conditions, Houston could lose $100 million in tax revenue

The plummet in economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic puts Houston in uncharted waters.


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Following state order, Houston ISD extends campus closure through at least May 4

Following updated federal guidelines and an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Houston ISD officially announced that it would keep schools closed until May 4.

Two additional METRO employees test positive for COVID-19

The two new cases follow two of METRO’s other employees that tested positive for the virus.



With local funding on the line, Houston's census advocates navigate coronavirus challenges

An undercount in the Houston area could affect federal aid allocations and congressional representation.


Second Houston-led drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens April 1

Another drive-thru testing site, which will be able to test 250 people per day, will open in Houston on April 1.


Harris County stay-at-home order extended until April 30; some nonviolent inmates to be released from county jail

The order requires Harris County residents to stay home and avoid nonessential travel.


Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.



'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.


Q&A: Federal Reserve business economist discusses the energy industry's 2020 outlook

The industry is contending with effects of the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty in the oil market following a steep price drop in March.


Houston City Council to consider leasing 186 hotel rooms for quarantine sites

The hotel rooms will be prioritized for those who cannot self-quaratine at home.


Hidalgo: Extension of stay-at-home order not a matter of 'if,' but 'how long'

The order was set to expire April 3 but will be extended as cases of COVID-19 spike in the county.



Coronavirus case updates: Houston, Harris County combine for more than 110 new cases

Total cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area continue to rise.


Over 300 of Houston’s first responders under quarantine for coronavirus

In addition to those, 11 police officers and 7 firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19.


How Houston-area school districts are responding to coronavirus

Here are some updates from the last week on how school districts across the Greater Houston area are adapting during the coronavirus outbreak.


Coronavirus causes layoffs for Texas Central’s high-speed rail project

Texas Central officials announced multiple employees would be laid off March 27 in the wake of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak.



METRO reduces Park & Ride service, closes HOV lanes; two employees test positive for COVID-19

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County suspended all Park & Ride routes except those serving the Texas Medical Center, effective March 30.


Here is the latest on news on stay-at-home orders across the Greater Houston area

As counties and cities across the region issue shelter-in-place orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus, find out more information on what they mean for your community in the stories below.


UPDATES: Tracking temporarily closed restaurants in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area

Some restaurants have opted to close completely amid orders to stay home and avoid human contact.


How to help: 11 organizations and initiatives needing support in Houston as coronavirus affects the most vulnerable

The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges to nonprofits, especially those helping vulnerable populations and those with health concerns.



Houston coronavirus testing sites remain open despite supply chain hiccups

As of March 26, the end of the first week that most major test centers were open, the City of Houston had tested 1,062 patients at its site and Harris County tested 1,700 patients across its two sites.


Houston-area musicians go virtual to play for fans amid coronavirus cancellations of live shows

As non-essential businesses like bars and music venues are forced to close due to coronavirus concerns, musicians find themselves performing for audiences behind computer screens and asking for virtual tips.


Texas Tribune: Many Texans in Congress scrambled to join vote as US House passes coronavirus spending bill

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.


Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.



DATA: Cases, recovery rates and death rates for COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area

A total of 441 cases of coronavirus have been identified in the Greater Houston area as of March 26.


Stay up to date on how businesses across the Greater Houston area are adapting to coronavirus

Find local businesses and nonprofits to support as they grapple with coronavirus-related restrictions through our area guides.