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Katy ISD's fall 2020 reopening plan includes new bell schedule

Face masks will be required for all staff and students in grades 4-12, and they are encouraged for students in preschool through third grade.


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Katy-area confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 3,583, per July 13 data

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Katy area is 3,583, according to data available at 4:40 p.m. July 13.


Fort Bend County increases COVID-19 threat level from moderate to high risk

“If you don’t need to go out, please don’t go out,” County Judge KP George said.



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.



Fort Bend County COVID-19 cases surpass 5,000, per July 13 data

Hospitals’ intensive care beds are 92.6% occupied, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.


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.



Katy ISD’s Hayes Elementary hosts mobile COVID-19 testing site July 13-18

This is not the first time the district has hosted county-run coroanvirus testing sites.


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.


'Community Impact' now seeking feedback from parents, teachers regarding 2020-21 school year

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Harris County now accepting applications for $30M small-business assistance program

Harris County businesses with fewer than 30 employees may apply for funding through July 24.



See how many Harris County residents voted early in the July 14 primary runoff election

About 46% of Harris County voters cast mail-in ballots during the early voting period.


City of Fulshear to collect nearly $300K in July from May sales

State data shows Fulshear will collect $298,622.14 in sales tax revenue in July, a 31% increase compared to July 2019.


Coalition of African American Pastors opens office in Fulshear

CAAP is a national faith-based nonprofit that supports religious freedom, marriage and family.


Harris County coronavirus count: After three weeks of surging cases, death toll starts to rise

The seven-day rolling average of deaths per day in Harris County has increased from 3.86 on July 8 to 8.29 on July 12.




Refinancing a home, police departments address protests: Popular news this week from Greater Houston

Read popular stories from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.


Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.



Katy-area confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 3,327, per July 10 data

Katy-area confirmed COVID-19 cases have reached 3,327, per July 10 data.


State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.


Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.


DATA: More than 40,000 jobs retained in Katy area due to first round of federal PPP loans

In total, Katy and Fulshear businesses received more than $261.8 million in federal aid.



Katy-area hospital hosts wedding for COVID-19 nurse at new garden

Jorden Wilson had to cancel her wedding because of the coroanvirus pandemic, but her colleagues worked to convert a new rooftop garden as an impromptu wedding venue.


Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.