6:32 PM Jul 21, 2020 CDT

With 135 new confirmed coronavirus cases July 21, Fort Bend County surpasses 6,000 total cases

At a Fort Bend ISD meeting July 20, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Director Jacquelyn Minter discribed the spread of coronavirus in the area as "uncontrolled."


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.



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.


Fort Bend ISD delays school start until Aug. 17, makes additional changes to fall calendar

Fort Bend ISD students will head back to school virtually Aug. 17.


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.


Odis Jones becomes Missouri City’s eighth city manager effective July 20

Odis Jones previously worked as the city manager in the city of Hutto near Austin.




Fort Bend County reports 306 new coronavirus cases July 18-20, approaches 6,000 total cases

As of July 20, there have been a total of 5,995 confirmed coronavirus cases in Fort Bend County.


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.





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.


Fort Bend County records 318 new COVID-19 cases July 17

This is the highest daily increase since the coroanvirus pandemic began. The previous high was 248 cases in mid-June.


Despite hiring freeze, Fort Bend County hires 57 positions, posts 66 job openings

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved a hiring freeze April 28.



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.


Candidate applications for November Missouri City City Council election to be accepted July 20-Aug. 17

Interested applicants can file to run for mayor or the two at-large City Council positions.


Texas Education Agency to allow for up to 8 weeks of online-only instruction at onset of 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts now have the option of offering online-only classes for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, according to additional guidance released by the Texas Education Agency on July 17.


Federal, state leaders take steps to streamline forest land protection, coastal restoration efforts in Texas

According to the July 16 news release, the agreement will focus on encouraging strong, long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and scientific silvicultural practices, and aligning various agency land management activities to meet common goals



July 16 COVID-19 data: Fort Bend County adds 87 confirmed cases, no recoveries, two deaths

COVID-19 patients account for 62.4% of all ICU patients in Fort Bend County hospitals.



Texas organizations launch Texas Return to Work Initiative for workers, business owners

The Texas Return to Work Initiative provides resources for those navigating working during COVID-19, according to a press release.


Texas education commissioner discusses changing future of state's public school system

Revised guidelines from the Texas Education Agency will be released as soon as July 17.