6:28 PM Aug 2, 2020 CDT

Harris County coronavirus count: Recoveries jump, active cases fall under new case tracking definitions

The confirmed number of COVID-19 recoveries in Harris County jumped over the August 1 weekend as the city of Houston began operating under a new record keeping protocol that redefines recoveries to include any cases where it has been "28 days or more since the case was reported, or released from [the] hospital and [is] not deceased."


Backlog of felony court cases grows as officials explore options to lower jail population

"We have to take the valve off. It’s a pressure cooker."





See how COVID-19 spread through Montgomery County in July with more than 4,000 new cases

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed in July than during the four months since the county's first case was identified.


Montgomery County reports 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 July 31; active case count continues to fall

Five Montgomery County resident deaths related to COVID-19 were reported July 31 alongside a drop in the county's active case count, the county public health district and office of emergency management announced.


JULY ROUNDUP: 6 restaurants opening, closing in The Woodlands

The Woodlands dining scene saw new venues announced, a closure and several new openings in July.



Tony's Italian Delicatessen in Montgomery expands delivery service to Spring

Montgomery-based Tony's Italian Delicatessen announced via Facebook on Aug. 25 that the eatery has expanded its delivery service to Spring.


Montgomery County commissioners propose 1.4% property tax rate decrease for FY 2020-21

County Judge Mark Keough and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack voted against the measure and said they favored an effective tax rate.


The Woodlands Township anticipates 5% decrease in expenditures for 2021 budget

Officials said despite losses like a 64.8% decrease in oil and gas sales tax revenue, The Woodlands remains "financially strong" due to a diverse tax base.




Harris County coronavirus count: 1,724 new cases, 21 deaths confirmed July 30

The vast majority of the new cases and deaths were confirmed in the city of Houston.



Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Montgomery County reports 5 deaths related to COVID-19, passes 6,000 cumulative cases July 30

The county's cumulative case count surpassed 6,000 cases, while active cases fell by 79.



Development update: Wellman Manor buildout to finish this year in Shenandoah

Once buildout is complete later this year, the community will feature 32 homes ranging from 2,500 to 3,200 square feet.


Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Lone Star College makes $14 million in budget reductions for FY 2020-21

Lone Star College is taking a conservative approach while planning for its upcoming budget.



Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.


The Rose Lounge coming soon to Waterway Square in The Woodlands

The Rose Lounge, an upscale bar, will open at Waterway Square in The Woodlands.



Harris County coronavirus count: Hospitalization trends remain flat

The hospitalization trendline has slowly been moving downward in the county since around July 9. It has remained almost completely unchanged over the past five days.