2:31 PM Jul 22, 2020 CDT

As state revenues take hit, business group wants lawmakers to reconsider private partnerships for road projects

With congestion levels worsening and funding shortfalls looming, officials with the newly formed Keep Texas Moving said public-private partnerships could advance projects through optional toll lanes, among other means.

Here are 5 summertime activities in the Bay Area, ranked by COVID-19 risk level

Karen Alexander, a nursing professor at University of Houston-Clear Lake, said some activities are safer than others, even while following proper public health guidelines.

Harris County coronavirus count: 1,385 new cases, 16 deaths confirmed July 21

The percentage of ICU patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County continues to hover in the 43%-47% range.

Brazoria County reports 108 cases July 21

The county also reported 73 recoveries and another COVID-19 death.

Hey, Houston-area parents: When will your child go back to school? Find out here.

Houston-area districts discuss online and in-person learning options.

UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.

Friendswood real estate flourishes despite Harvey’s toll on homes

“We still have buyers in Friendswood ask if the house did flood. It does affect them in that it takes them longer to sell, but it does still sell." Frances Caballero, Stanfield Properties Operations Manager

UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.

Brazoria County reports 150 new COVID-19 cases, 46 recoveries July 20

Pearland and Alvin each reported 47 cases July 20.

Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.

Harris County coronavirus count: 9 deaths confirmed July 20, including 2 Houston Public Works employees

A total of 1,326 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed July 20 in Harris County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 57,095, including 37,844 active cases and 18,706 recovered cases.

Harris County judge, health director: Local schools should not open for in-person classes before October

"The prevalence of the virus in our community means that it would be unsafe for schools to return in-person at this time or in the near future," county officials wrote in a July 20 letter.

Texas Medical Center: Despite declining hospitalizations, COVID-19 ICU use continues to rise

Nearly half of all ICU beds in use in TMC institutions were occupied by patients with the viral disease.

3 challenges facing Harris County's election office leading up to the November election

High turnout in July primary runoff elections has set the stage for potentially record-breaking turnout in November.

Brazoria County COVID-19 case counts July 17-19

A look at coronavirus case counts, recoveries and deaths July 17-19

Here are 3 things to know about the extended Paycheck Protection Program

Houston-based attorney Juan Vasquez offered several tips and insights for business owners looking for relief as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19.

UPDATED: Alvin ISD gives parents option of in-classroom or remote learning

Parents had until July 19 to enroll in Alvin Virtual Learning.

Texas Education Agency receives $200M in CARES Act funds for e-learning devices, internet connectivity solutions

The Texas Education Agency will receive $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for the purchase of e-learning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning for students who lack connectivity in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Brazoria County reports 175 new COVID-19 cases July 16

The county also reported 32 recoveries and two more COVID-19-related deaths.