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Houston school districts assess digital divide amid virtual learning preparations for 2020-21 school year

Access to digitial devices and at-home internet will be critical as virtual learning becomes the new norm for many students in the upcoming school year.


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DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 13

The nine ZIP codes within the Spring and Klein area reported 123 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend since July 10.




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.


Interfaith prepares for contactless school supply drive

Interfaith of The Woodlands hopes to raise supplies for around 2,000 area students.


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.


ROUNDUP: 8 businesses recently opened, coming soon or relocating to Old Town Spring

Twisted Sisters Nutrition Shack, Excalibur Brewing and Golden Gypsies are just a few of the businesses that have recently opened in, are coming soon to or are relocating to Old Town Spring.



'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.


DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein

The Spring and Klein area has seen an increase of 18 confirmed, active coronavirus cases since July 9.



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.


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.


Klein ISD to offer on-campus, remote learning options for 2020-21 school year

Families will have until July 24 to select their preferred learning option for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year.


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.



Construction underway on Riley Fuzzel Road expansion in Spring

A notice to proceed with construction was issued April 13 on a project to widen Riley Fuzzel Road from a two-lane asphalt roadway to a five-lane concrete paved section with improved drainage between Elm Street and the Hardy Toll Road.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules could affect thousands of Lone Star College students

Lone Star College is currently unsure how a recent ICE rule will be affected its foreign student population.


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.


MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.



Cypress Creek Fire Department partners with Ring app

Cypress Creek Fire Department officials can notify residents of nearby emergencies, road closures and other safety alerts on a street-by-street level through the app.


Allora Spring Cypress to add 351 apartment units by October

Owned by Trammel Crow Residential Management Company, the apartment complex is expected to move in residents by October.