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Report offers first glimpse at hospital readiness across Houston area

Hospitals within the Texas Medical Center system in the Greater Houston area have plans in place to increase the number of ICU beds available by as much as 80%.


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Katy ISD announces proms postponed to June, May graduation ceremonies on schedule

The district has secured backup graduation dates in case social gatherings are still restricted in mid-May.

Q&A: Kelsey-Seybold doctor talks about mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dr. Stefanie Campbell discusses the coronavirus’ effect on mental illness.



State legislators request federal officials halt activity on Texas Central's high-speed rail project

Dozens of elected officials representing Texas requested the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao put an end to activity related to Texas Central’s high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.


Fort Bend County applies for veteran, grocery grants to help residents during COVID-19

Commissioners also approved a grant application for funds to provide additional staffing for testing patients and collecting data about the coronavirus cases.


Harris County Attorney's Office authorized to file amicus brief supporting mail-in ballots amid coronavirus outbreak

The amicus brief is in support of an April 7 lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party seeking legislative action to allow voters who fear exposure to the coronavirus to vote via mail-in ballot.


Texas Heritage Parkway to break ground May 2020, engineer says

The project will be split into three construction sections.



Harris County in ‘standoff’ over proposed inmate release to curb coronavirus spread

Hidalgo said the county is now at a crossroads having to weigh the lesser of two evils: releasing nonviolent inmates back into society or risking coronavirus spreading rampant through the county jail and filling the county’s hospital beds.


ROUNDUP: The latest coronavirus coverage for South Houston readers

Here are some coronavirus developments South Houston readers may have missed.


Q&A: Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi discusses vaccine development

Dr. Bottazzi is the associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.


Houston Community College forms partnership to address protective gear shortage

This collaborative effort, known as H-Force, is meant to bring together resources, technologies and expertise to address the Houston area’s growing needs amid the global pandemic, according to a release from HCC.



Harris County to close parks countywide for Easter weekend, April 10-13

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order April 8 to temporarily close all parks countywide throughout the upcoming Easter weekend, April 10-13, in hopes of discouraging social gatherings.


METRO heightens preventative COVID-19 measures

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has begun taking more aggressive measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, the transit authority announced April 7.


Karp Bao Coffee Tea opens in Katy area

The restaurant offers gourmet drinks and a food menu


Harris County launches Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program, begins process of creating COVID-19 relief fund

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County launched a $10 million Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program on April 7 to help small businesses on the road to recovery.



Coronavirus peak date pushed to April 23, Fort Bend County official says

'To me, that’s an indication that our social distancing measures are having a positive effect,' said Jacquelyn Minter, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department director and local health authority,


Texas Children’s Hospital provides stipend to employees during COVID-19

Both full-time and part-time employees will receive a check on April 10.


Newly formed Houston Music Foundation offers relief to out-of-work musicians

The fund hopes to start cutting checks as early as this week.


ROUNDUP: South Houston coronavirus coverage continues

Here are some notable updates from South Houston on the outbreak of coronavirus that readers may have missed.



GALLERY: Katy ISD serves more than 250K free meals to children over 3 weeks

The district will continue to serve free breakfast and lunch at 12 campuses.


State parks, historic sites in the Greater Houston area close under Gov. Greg Abbott's order

Gov. Greg Abbott announced via a news release April 7 that state parks and historic sites should be temporarily closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Katy officials extend disaster declaration, postpone appointment of local health authority

Katy City Council extended the city's disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic but tabled the appointment of a health authority.


Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.



Burgerim closes Katy Freeway location

However, the brand opened a new location in November on Westheimer Parkway.


VIRTUAL TO-DO LIST: 5 Katy-area activities to stream from home

Businesses and organizations are adapting to the new social distancing regulations due to the coronavirus, and many are offering online alternatives to help individuals keep busy at home.