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The Woodlands-area gyms collaborate to prepare for end of coronavirus

Area locally owned gyms plan to give back to their members once coronavirus concerns pass.


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Texas A&M Forest Service temporarily closes W.G. Jones State Forest, other forests amid coronavirus

On the heels of Gov. Greg Abbott's orders to close all state parks and historical sites to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Texas A&M Forest Service is closing William Goodrich Jones State Forest in The Woodlands area until further notice.

Harris County launches Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program, begins process of creating COVID-19 relief fund

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County launched a $10 million Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program on April 7 to help small businesses on the road to recovery.



Texas Children’s Hospital provides stipend to employees during COVID-19

Both full-time and part-time employees will receive a check on April 10.


Tomball, Magnolia ISDs implement full-day pre-K

The passage of House Bill 3 mandated Texas school districts to offer full-day pre-K to eligible students if half-day programming was already in place, according to the Texas Education Agency. Districts with 15 or more eligible 4-year-olds must offer pre-K programming, according to the TEA.



State parks, historic sites in the Greater Houston area close under Gov. Greg Abbott's order

Gov. Greg Abbott announced via a news release April 7 that state parks and historic sites should be temporarily closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.



Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.


See what these North Houston-area businesses are doing to stop the coronavirus

From face masks to hand sanitizer, North Houston residents and companies are getting creative to help stop the spread of coronavirus.


VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.




REPORT: Stay-at-home order has saved an estimated 4,500 lives in Harris County so far

New data from the Rice University Kinder Instutite of Urban Research suggests social distancing efforts have been effective.


April 6: 5 coronavirus stories North Houston readers need to know

See recent stories regarding the coronavirus that have been published recently in North Houston.


America's ER Medical Centers opens first drive-thru testing site in Montgomery County

America's ER Medical Centers opened the first drive-thru testing site for the new coronavirus disease in Montgomery County on April 4.


Construction underway for coronavirus medical shelter at NRG Stadium

Just weeks after the Houston Rodeo was canceled due to fears of coronavirus community spread, NRG Stadium is undergoing a transformation to serve as an ancillary medical site for patients.



Essential workers in Southeast Texas can now search for child care, receive financial assistance

Essential workers struggling to find child care amid coronavirus shutdowns can now find a provider and potentially receive financial assistance through a new Southeast Texas database.


VGXI announces release of new coronavirus vaccine; first clinical study to begin April 6

Clinical testing of the vaccine will begin April 6, the company said.


Montgomery County inmate tests positive for coronavirus

All Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office jail staff and inmates are now required to wear masks.


Judge orders halt to Harris County inmate release

The plan to release certain nonviolent inmates was announced earlier this week to try to prevent a coronavirus outbreak at the Harris County Jail.



ROUNDUP: 5 recent coronavirus stories from the North Houston area readers should know

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the North Houston area below.


TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.


The Woodlands Township board, Montgomery County officials discuss local coronavirus updates

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough shared information on the county's preparedness and testing capabilities during the meeting.


ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.



PHOTOS: Scenes of Montgomery County as residents deal with stay-at-home order

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak and Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough's stay-at-home order, effective March 27 through April 30, have replaced residents on the streets of one of the fastest growing areas in the country with silence.


The Woodlands Township launches medical supply donation campagin

Medical protective gear will be collected at The Woodlands Central Fire Station on Mondays and Thursdays.