4:59 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

Bellissimo Day Spa reopens after COVID-19 closure

“For a while we didn’t know what was going to happen, but we continued to have faith and now we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Co-owner Iris Wilt said.


5:27 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

12th COVID-19-related death reported in Brazoria County on May 22

The most recent loss from the coronavirus was a Pearland nursing home resident.


ROUNDUP: Memorial Day business updates from the Houston area

Read some of the latest business news from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.



Longer school days and more: Top stories from this week in Houston

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


Greater Houston area sees record-breaking unemployment rate in April at 14.2%

The previous high for the Greater Houston area's unemployment rate was set in January 2010 at 8.7%.


Harris County unanimously votes to increase homestead exemptions for seniors, the disabled

Harris County homeowners who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities can expect property tax relief this year in the form of expanded property tax exemptions.


LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.



Texas Medical Center reports continued week-over-week increases in COVID discharges, deaths; hospitalizations, ICU numbers remain steady

Texas Medical Center has seen nearly a 26% increase in COVID-19 discharges over the past few weeks.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Luis Hernandez opening third Allstate agency on Gulf Freeway near Friendswood, Bay Area

Luis Hernandez is opening his third Allstate Insurance Agency at 14200 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 200, Houston, on June 1.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Friendswood to commemorate Memorial Day with video honoring veterans

The 19-minute video will honor deceased veterans and their families.


Harris County coronavirus count: 188 new cases, 141 recoveries and six deaths confirmed May 21

Active cases of COVID-19 came in at 6,012 in Harris County as of May 21, up from 5,208 one week ago on May 14. However, the total number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 have remained flat over that time.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: 11 new cases in Brazoria County on May 21

These new cases include one additional nursing home resident and three probable cases.


As hurricane season nears, Harris County reworks flood bond plans

The district is creating locally funded, watershed-spanning implementation plans in Halls Bayou after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not approve federal funding.



Lone Star Flight Museum reopens for Memorial Day Weekend

The museum will reopen Saturday, May 23 with a celebration.


Council approves contract to begin improving sidewalks, safety around Pearland ISD schools

Pearland City Council approved a $3.38 million Advanced Funding Agreement for the Safe Routes to Schools project at the May 18 meeting.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.


Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extends 'Stay Home, Work Safe' order, releases worker protection guidelines

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the extension of the county's "Stay Home, Work Safe" order and released worker guidelines for the retail and construction industries during a press conference May 21.




Coronavirus update: 10 new cases, 12 recoveries reported in Brazoria County on May 20

One of the new cases is a nursing home employee at a Pearland nursing facility.


Harris County coronavirus count: 236 new cases brings case total above 10,000

Of the 10,095 known cases, a total of 5,971 are considered active, while another 3,914 have recovered and 210 have died, according to county data.


METRO sales tax revenue could see over $100 million hit in fiscal year 2020-21

The agency expects to use at least $180 million in CARES Act grant funds to cover revenue losses.



State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.