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Harris County coronavirus count: Testing positivity rate declines; officials say bigger drop-off is needed

Harris County has confirmed an average of 1,300 new COVID-19 cases each day for the past seven days, according to public health data, but various gauges of the testing positivity rate in the Houston area show that a smaller percentage of people being tested have been testing positive.

Gov. Greg Abbott waives grade promotion requirement for STAAR testing for middle school students

While students will still receive an A-F rating, the test will no longer determine whether they can graduate.

Houston's Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down, though deaths remain up

Texas Medical Center has a ways to go before it is out of the woods, but some key COVID-19 metrics are showing signs of improvement.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission to post COVID-19 cases, deaths from nursing homes, assisted living centers

The data will be from state-supported living centers, state hospitals, and state-licensed nursing and assisted living facilities.

I-45, Woodridge Village, COVID-19: July 28 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting preview

Harris County commissioners have a packed agenda to discuss at a July 28 meeting.

Gov. Greg Abbott extends early voting period for November election

Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30.

Sen. John Cornyn's Smithsonian museum for American Latinos bill passes House vote

“Close to 40 percent of all Texans identify as Hispanic, and their history is an integral part of Texas history that must be recognized and remembered,” Cornyn said. “By creating a new museum in the Smithsonian Institution, we can honor American Latino contributions and highlight their stories for future generations.”

2020 Katy Rice Festival to be held virtually Oct. 9-11

The event will include virtual shopping, music and family activities.

TELL US: What do you think about Katy ISD's reopening plans for 2020-21 school year?

Parents of students at Katy ISD and local private and charter schools are encouraged to provide their thoughts about the upcoming school year.

Six new Katy-area businesses, including Pablo’s Restaurant and Club, Houston Axe Throwing

Other new businesses include Newton Nurseries, Apara Autism Center and Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy.

Katy area COVID-19 cases total 4,838 on July 24

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Katy area reached 4,838, according to data available at 4:30 p.m. July 24.

277 new COVID-19 recoveries reported in Fort Bend County, per July 24 data

The last time Fort Bend County reported more than 200 new recoveries in a day was July 12.

Q&A: Medical expert discusses what parents, teachers should consider when schools reopen in 2020-21

As the new school year approaches, districts are tasked with protecting students and staff from further COVID-19 spread while parents face tough decisions.

Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide.

4 Katy-area COVID-19 residential real estate trends to keep up with in 2020

Here is how the Katy area residential real estate is coping under the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown

Harris County orders all public schools, nonreligious private schools to stay closed until Sept. 8

The start of in-person instruction may be delayed further based on public health conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

METRO board approves $1.8 million payment for frontline workers during COVID-19

METRO frontline workers are getting some financial assistance.

Bipartisan bill introduced by Texas, Minnesota senators to provide relief to independent music venues

The Save Our Stages Act would provide grants worth six months of financial support for independent live music and entertainment venues.

Federal regulatory change could affect environmental reviews, infrastructure projects in Texas

The Trump administration said a new update to the National Environmental Policy Act is aimed at streamlining reviews for a variety of federal projects.

Fort Bend Entrepreneur Initiative launches to provide free consulting services to small businesses

Businesses in Fort Bend County can also apply for a COVID-19 grant from the county to help them recover from the pandemic.