5:00 PM Jul 21, 2020 CDT

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


Harris County ESD No. 11 narrows down options should CCEMS service agreement end

A decision on the district's service agreement with CCEMS is expected to be made in the next 60 days.


Hospital CEOs in northwest Houston provide updates on capacity, staffing challenges

One of the bigger challenges moving forward involves taking care of physicians, nurses and staff members who have been overexerted for four months, officials said.



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.


Cy-Fair ISD announces plans to delay start of 2020-21 school year

The district released preliminary details of what campus operations might look like in 2020-21, including the postponement of the start of the school year.


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.


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.


Spring ISD to offer only remote learning for first 4 weeks of 2020-21 school year

Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney Watson announced the district would be offering remote learning only for the first month of the 2020-21 school year, during the district's virtual town hall meeting for parents on July 20.



DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 20

July 20 data reports 129 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend within nine ZIP codes in the Spring and Klein area.



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.


The Kitten House Rescue to reopen under new name, ownership

Rogers said Shelter Manager Deena Urich has indicated plans to retain the rescue at its current location, 5050 FM 1960 W., Ste. 103, Houston, and reopen the rescue Aug. 1 under the name Almost Home Cat Haven.



UPDATED: These Spring, Klein-area restaurants are participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks 2020

The monthlong event will run from Aug. 1-Sept. 7 and benefit the Houston Food Bank.


Spring Cypress ramp reversal on Hwy. 249 now scheduled to wrap up in September

The project will eliminate the queue of vehicles that previously formed from the frontage road back to the Hwy. 249 main lanes.






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.


DATA: Confirmed, active COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Spring, Klein for July 17

July 17 data reports 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases within nine ZIP codes in the Spring and Klein area.


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.