UPDATE: May 30

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 18,836
  • Number of deaths: 429
  • Number of recoveries: 7,350

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (7,284 cases, 128 deaths, 1,785 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,725 cases, 100 deaths, 2,990 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,832 cases, 41 deaths, 499 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (1,022 cases, 12 deaths, 465 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (954 cases, 26 deaths, 468 recoveries)
  • Walker County (944 cases, 28 deaths, 86 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (795 cases, 37 deaths, 469 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (470 cases, 19 deaths, 183 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 29

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 18,422
  • Number of deaths: 420
  • Number of recoveries: 7,263

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (7,116 cases, 127 deaths, 1,749 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,654 cases, 97 deaths, 2,912 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,783 cases, 41 deaths, 574 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (1,010 cases, 12 deaths, 459 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (940 cases, 26 deaths, 444 recoveries)
  • Walker County (877 cases, 28 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (788 cases, 32 deaths, 467 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (463 cases, 19 deaths, 183 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 28

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 17,959
  • Number of deaths: 419
  • Number of recoveries: 7,113

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (7,010 cases, 127 deaths, 1,722 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,532 cases, 96 deaths, 2,847 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,766 cases, 41 deaths, 546 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (981 cases, 12 deaths, 447 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (926 cases, 26 deaths, 439 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (779 cases, 32 deaths, 464 recoveries)
  • Walker County (732 cases, 28 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (455 cases, 19 deaths, 183 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 27

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 17,357
  • Number of deaths: 415
  • Number of recoveries: 6,889

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,901 cases, 126 deaths, 1,636 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,380 cases, 95 deaths, 2,798 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,732 cases, 41 deaths, 508 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (971 cases, 12 deaths, 430 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (913 cases, 24 deaths, 434 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (763 cases, 32 deaths, 458 recoveries)
  • Walker County (487 cases, 28 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (444 cases, 19 deaths, 175 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 26

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 16,957
  • Number of deaths: 413
  • Number of recoveries: 6,803

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,640 cases, 126 deaths, 1,636 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,355 cases, 95 deaths, 2,759 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,732 cases, 41 deaths, 508 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (971 cases, 12 deaths, 430 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (888 cases, 23 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (753 cases, 32 deaths, 458 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (441 cases, 19 deaths, 171 recoveries)
  • Walker County (436 cases, 27 deaths, 76 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 25

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 16,825
  • Number of deaths: 412
  • Number of recoveries: 6,745

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,640 cases, 126 deaths, 1,636 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,281 cases, 94 deaths, 2,716 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,685 cases, 41 deaths, 508 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (966 cases, 12 deaths, 417 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (888 cases, 23 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (752 cases, 32 deaths, 458 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (438 cases, 19 deaths, 171 recoveries)
  • Walker County (436 cases, 27 deaths, 76 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 24

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 16,363
  • Number of deaths: 408
  • Number of recoveries: 6,538

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,525 cases, 125 deaths, 1,623 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,245 cases, 94 deaths, 2,675 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,676 cases, 41 deaths, 506 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (963 cases, 12 deaths, 417 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (888 cases, 23 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (749 cases, 32 deaths, 458 recoveries)
  • Walker County (436 cases, 27 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (436 cases, 19 deaths, 171 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 23

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 16,310
  • Number of deaths: 407
  • Number of recoveries: 6,538

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,342 cases, 124 deaths, 1,556 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,184 cases, 93 deaths, 2,625 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,661 cases, 41 deaths, 485 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (953 cases, 12 deaths, 411 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (888 cases, 23 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (740 cases, 32 deaths, 458 recoveries)
  • Walker County (436 cases, 27 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (383 cases, 18 deaths, 171 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 22

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 16,022
  • Number of deaths: 402
  • Number of recoveries: 6,326

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,188 cases, 123 deaths, 1,468 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,095 cases, 93 deaths, 2,587 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,652 cases, 41 deaths, 463 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (944 cases, 11 deaths, 408 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (881 cases, 21 deaths, 368 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (732 cases, 31 deaths, 448 recoveries)
  • Walker County (436 cases, 27 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (373 cases, 18 deaths, 170 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 21

STAY AT HOME ORDER EXTENDED: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Thursday that Harris County’s “stay home, work safe” order would be extended until June 10. She’s extending. The order is being extended because Hidalgo does not want to give the community a false sense that the COVID-19 health crisis is over.

DPS OFFICES REOPENING ON LIMITED BASIS: Beginning May 26, Texas DPS can open on a limited basis and by appointment. The DPS’ located in Northwest and West Texas regions can reopen starting May 26. Offices in the DPS’ South and Central Texas regions can reopen on May 29 and offices in the DPS’ North and Southeast Texas regions can reopen beginning on June 3rd.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 15,869
  • Number of deaths: 394
  • Number of recoveries: 6,098

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (6,047 cases, 119 deaths, 1,373 recoveries)
  • Harris County (4,048 cases, 91 deaths, 2,541 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,621 cases, 40 deaths, 433 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (933 cases, 11 deaths, 407 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (861 cases, 21 deaths, 331 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (721 cases, 31 deaths, 446 recoveries)
  • Walker County (557 cases, 26 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (362 cases, 18 deaths, 165 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 20

HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT: The HCP along with Beth Block Foundation have announced an Artist Emergency Relief Grant worth $3,000. The grant is intended for a lens-based artist within a 100-mile radius of Houston.

KROGER TO OFFER FREE COVID-19 EXAMS: Kroger is stepping in and helping the community with increased testing rates in the city. Here’s where you can get a free test.

May 19 to May 23rd

10 AM to 5 PM

Acres Homes Multiservice Center – 6719 W. Montgomery Dr

Houston, TX 77091

May 26 to May 30

10 AM to 5 PM

Collier Regional Library – 6200 Pinemont Dr.

Houston, TX 77092

HARRIS COUNTY DOUBLES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND: The Harris County Commissioners Court doubled the size of a COVID-19 relief fund to $30 million, aimed at helping the most vulnerable residents pay for housing, utilities, food and health care. The fund will provide $1,200 for households with one to four residents and $1,500 for larger families. The program will help an estimated 20,000 households.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 15,400
  • Number of deaths: 387
  • Number of recoveries: 5,857

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,901 cases, 117 deaths, 1,319 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,958 cases, 90 deaths, 2,484 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,581 cases, 40 deaths, 384 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (923 cases, 11 deaths, 395 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (848 cases, 18 deaths, 291 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (715 cases, 31 deaths, 439 recoveries)
  • Walker County (448 cases, 26 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (341 cases, 18 deaths, 147 recoveries)

UPDATE: May 19

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 15,049
  • Number of deaths: 384
  • Number of recoveries: 5,678

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,795 cases, 115 deaths, 1,263 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,840 cases, 90 deaths, 2,409 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,559 cases, 40 deaths, 368 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (914 cases, 10 deaths, 388 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (817 cases, 18 deaths, 278 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (706 cases, 31 deaths, 435 recoveries)
  • Walker County (420 cases, 26 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (325 cases, 18 deaths, 144 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 18

3:34 PM:

MORE VENUES CAN REOPEN: Per Gov. Greg Abbott, bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeo & equestrian events, zoos, aquariums, and natural caverns can reopen as part of the state’s reopening plans. The reopening can begin starting on Friday, May 22.

Open immediately are child care centers and facilities and massage and personal-care beauty services

Bars can reopen at 25 percent capacity with no restrictions on outdoor areas, restaurants can increase their max capacity to 50 percent and youth sports can reopen on May 31 along with all summer camps and daytime and overnight camps.

9:05 AM:

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 14,784
  • Number of deaths: 382
  • Number of recoveries: 5,607

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,698 cases, 114 deaths, 1,326 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,809 cases, 90 deaths, 2,337 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,558 cases, 40 deaths, 304 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (855 cases, 10 deaths, 380 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (798 cases, 18 deaths, 277 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (702 cases, 31 deaths, 434 recoveries)
  • Walker County (382 cases, 26 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (325 cases, 18 deaths, 144 recoveries)

GYMS, OFFICE BUILDINGS, MANUFACTURING FACILITIES CAN REOPEN: In phase two of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen the state, businesses such as gyms, manufacturing facilities and office buildings can reopen with 25% maximum capacity. Abbott is expected to announce another set of reopening plans on Monday.

FREE FOOD & SUPPLIES: 

Cleaning products are hard to come by during this pandemic, so Houston-based AlEn USA will be distributing more than 40,000 bottles of cleaning supplies and laundry care items at the Houston Food Bank’s Mega Distribution Event on Wednesday, May 20 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at EcoPark at Bush IAH located at 16152 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Here are the HISD food dropoff locations for the week ending May 22.

Monday, May 18

  • Shadydale Elementary School, 5905 Tidwell Road, 9 a.m.
  • Jones Futures Academy, 7414 St. Lo Road, 9 a.m.
  • Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Dr., 11 a.m.
  • Highland Heights Elementary School, 865 Paul Quinn St., 3 p.m.
  • Fleming Middle School, 4910 Collingsworth St., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19

  • Clifton Middle School, 6001 Golden Forest Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Cook Elementary School, 7115 Lockwood Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Tijerina Elementary School, 6501 Sherman St., 11 a.m.
  • Fondren Middle School, 6333 S. Braeswood Blvd., 3 p.m.
  • Sterling Aviation High School, 11625 Martindale Road, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20

  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m.
  • Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Dr., 11 a.m.
  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 p.m.
  • Henry Middle School, 10702 East Hardy Road, 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 21

  • Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 9 a.m.
  • Holland Middle School, 1600 Gellhorn Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Dr., 11 a.m.
  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 3 p.m.
  • North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Dr., 3 p.m.

Friday, May 22

  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 11 a.m.
  • Bastian Elementary School, 5051 Bellfort Ave., 3 p.m.
  • Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 3 p.m.

UPDATES: May 17

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 14,394
  • Number of deaths: 376
  • Number of recoveries: 5,552

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,340 cases, 114 deaths, 1,326 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,786 cases, 85 deaths, 2,305 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,558 cases, 40 deaths, 304 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (855 cases, 9 deaths, 380 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (798 cases, 18 deaths, 277 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (701 cases, 31 deaths, 434 recoveries)
  • Walker County (382 cases, 26 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (318 cases, 18 deaths, 144 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 16

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 14,250
  • Number of deaths: 376
  • Number of recoveries: 5,274

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,340 cases, 114 deaths, 1,326 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,710 cases, 85 deaths, 2,240 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,471 cases, 40 deaths, 270 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (849 cases, 9 deaths, 376 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (798 cases, 18 deaths, 277 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (696 cases, 31 deaths, 434 recoveries)
  • Walker County (374 cases, 19 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (312 cases, 18 deaths, 144 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 15

7:40 AM:

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 13,910
  • Number of deaths: 361
  • Number of recoveries: 5,274

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,177 cases, 109 deaths, 1,251 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,640 cases, 84 deaths, 2,165 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,471 cases, 40 deaths, 270 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (840 cases, 9 deaths, 371 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (773 cases, 18 deaths, 272 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (693 cases, 30 deaths, 430 recoveries)
  • Walker County (374 cases, 19 deaths, 71 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (305 cases, 18 deaths, 143 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 14

4:05 PM:

FT. BEND ISD TO HOLD GRADUATIONS: FBISD is hosting graduation ceremonies for all 11 of its high schools at Kenneth Hall Stadium between June 1-6 in a safe, non-contact event for grads and guests. Click here for more details.

Here are the graduation dates and times:

Monday, June 1, 2020                                   

8:00 a.m.                     Austin HS

8:00 p.m.                     Ridge Point HS

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

8:00 a.m.                     Hightower HS

8:00 p.m.                     Bush HS

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

8:00 a.m.                     Elkins HS

8:00 p.m.                     Dulles HS

Thursday, June 4, 2020         

8:00 a.m.                     Clements HS

8:00 p.m.                     Marshall HS

Friday, June 5, 2020  

8:00 a.m.                     Kempner HS

8:00 p.m.                     Travis HS

Saturday, June 6, 2020

8:00 a.m.                     Willowridge HS

8:00 p.m.                     Makeup Slot

Sunday, June 7, 2020

8:00 p.m.                     Makeup Slot

Monday, June 8, 2020

8:00 a.m.                     Makeup Slot

LIMITED METRO PARK & RIDE ROUTES AVAILABLE ON MONDAY: Limited Park & Ride service will be available on May 18 with routes connecting riders traveling along all major freeway corridors to downtown. Click here for the list of schedules.

6:05 AM:

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 13,687
  • Number of deaths: 353
  • Number of recoveries: 5,104

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (5,030 cases, 104 deaths, 1,193 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,591 cases, 84 deaths, 2,122 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,452 cases, 40 deaths, 249 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (838 cases, 9 deaths, 364 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (758 cases, 17 deaths, 261 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (691 cases, 30 deaths, 424 recoveries)
  • Walker County (397 cases, 18 deaths, 72 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (301 cases, 18 deaths, 122 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 13

3:30 PM:

NEW VIRTUAL JOB FAIRS: At his daily COVID-19 update press conference, Mayor Turner announced that the Houston Health Department is hosting two virtual job fairs for 300 temporary positions to increase their workforce to monitor and contain COVID-19. The job fair will take place May 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. You can visit the City of Houston Human Resources careers website to find links to join.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is currently. ina budgetary crisis and 3,000 city of Houston employees will face up to 10 days of furloughs.

7:05 AM:

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BEGINS: Announced last week, renters will be able to go online and apply for rental assistance beginning today. Applicants must be current on their rent prior to the month of April and have undergone financial hardship such as loss of job-related to the pandemic in order to qualify. Further, they must have a median income of approximately $40,000 for one person or $60,000 for a family of four.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 13,349
  • Number of deaths: 346
  • Number of recoveries: 4,957

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,913 cases, 101 deaths, 1,141 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,503 cases, 82 deaths, 2,020 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,404 cases, 40 deaths, 240 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (814 cases, 9 deaths, 349 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (742 cases, 17 deaths, 257 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (688 cases, 29 deaths, 416 recoveries)
  • Walker County (399 cases, 17 deaths, 72 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (287 cases, 18 deaths, 122 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 12

5:05 PM: 

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 13,214
  • Number of deaths: 343
  • Number of recoveries: 4,850

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,913 cases, 101 deaths, 1,118 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,416 cases, 79 deaths, 2,020 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,404 cases, 40 deaths, 240 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (801 cases, 9 deaths, 345 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (724 cases, 17 deaths, 255 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (686 cases, 29 deaths, 408 recoveries)
  • Walker County (399 cases, 17 deaths, 72 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (287 cases, 18 deaths, 122 recoveries)

8:40 AM: 

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 12,988
  • Number of deaths: 338
  • Number of recoveries: 4,809

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,760 cases, 100 deaths, 1,118 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,416 cases, 79 deaths, 2,020 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,385 cases, 38 deaths, 236 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (789 cases, 9 deaths, 338 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (699 cases, 16 deaths, 254 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (686 cases, 29 deaths, 408 recoveries)
  • Walker County (354 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (278 cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 11

5:05 PM:

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: Councilwoman Letitia Plummer wrote a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner confirming her positive test and that she will not attend council meetings until her results for the virus return negative. She’s the first and only elected official in the city known to have contracted coronavirus.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 12,644
  • Number of deaths: 330
  • Number of recoveries: 4,650

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,531 cases, 94 deaths, 1,046 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,347 cases, 78 deaths, 1,970 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,385 cases, 38 deaths, 236 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (789 cases, 9 deaths, 338 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (699 cases, 16 deaths, 254 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (685 cases, 29 deaths, 400 recoveries)
  • Walker County (354 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (2718cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

7:30 AM:

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 12,635
  • Number of deaths: 330
  • Number of recoveries: 4,646

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,531 cases, 94 deaths, 1,046 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,347 cases, 78 deaths, 1,970 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,384 cases, 38 deaths, 232 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (789 cases, 9 deaths, 338 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (699 cases, 16 deaths, 254 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (685 cases, 29 deaths, 400 recoveries)
  • Walker County (354 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (271 cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 10

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 12,511
  • Number of deaths: 323
  • Number of recoveries: 4,602

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,531 cases, 94 deaths, 1,046 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,272 cases, 74 deaths, 1,943 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,370 cases, 36 deaths, 224 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (784 cases, 9 deaths, 338 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (699 cases, 16 deaths, 254 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (680 cases, 29 deaths, 400 recoveries)
  • Walker County (348 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (265 cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 9

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 12,243
  • Number of deaths: 315
  • Number of recoveries: 4,484

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,419 cases, 90 deaths, 981 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,175 cases, 70 deaths, 1,907 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,357 cases, 36 deaths, 220 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (772 cases, 9 deaths, 325 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (699 cases, 16 deaths, 254 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (676 cases, 29 deaths, 397 recoveries)
  • Walker County (348 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (256 cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 8

5:00 PM:

PENCE STAFFER TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: Vice Presiden Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, has tested positive for the coronavirus. She’s the second White House staff member to have tested positive this week, following one of Donald Trump’s personal valets.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas. Texas has allowed for hair salons, nail salons and barbershops to reopen at 25% capacity + social distancing rules beginning today.:

  • Total number of cases: 11,9170
  • Number of deaths: 306
  • Number of recoveries: 4,355

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,227 cases, 85 deaths, 911 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,150 cases, 69 deaths, 1,868 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,357 cases, 36 deaths, 220 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (741 cases, 8 deaths, 319 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (689 cases, 15 deaths, 249 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (672 cases, 32 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Walker County (348 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (256 cases, 18 deaths, 120 recoveries)

9:00 AM:

HISD HOLDING VIRTUAL TEACHER JOB FAIR: HISD has announced a virtual teacher job fair will take place on Tuesday, May 12 for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The event takes place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and you can apply at www.teachHISD.org. The current starting salary for teachers is $54,369 and all applicants must have Texas Teacher Certificate appropriate for level and subject area of assignment, be a U.S. citizen or resident and have a valid Texas driver’s license.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas. Texas has allowed for hair salons, nail salons and barbershops to reopen at 25% capacity + social distancing rules beginning today.:

  • Total number of cases: 11,916
  • Number of deaths: 302
  • Number of recoveries: 4,347

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,227 cases, 85 deaths, 911 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,150 cases, 69 deaths, 1,868 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,332 cases, 33 deaths, 213 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (741 cases, 8 deaths, 319 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (689 cases, 15 deaths, 249 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (672 cases, 32 deaths, 394 recoveries)
  • Walker County (332 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (243 cases, 17 deaths, 119 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 7

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 11,727
  • Number of deaths: 296
  • Number of recoveries: 4,195

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,139 cases, 82 deaths, 855 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,105 cases, 68 deaths, 1,830 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,332 cases, 33 deaths, 213 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (716 cases, 7 deaths, 303 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (673 cases, 15 deaths, 224 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (669 cases, 32 deaths, 382 recoveries)
  • Walker County (332 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (243 cases, 17 deaths, 119 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 6

5:30 PM:

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $15M FUND TO ASSIST RENTERS STRUGGLING TO PAY RENT: Beginning on May 7, landlords can use the new online portal, HoustonRentAssistance.com. Landlords must enroll in the rental assistance program in order for their tenants to apply for the funds. It isn’t just for apartments but any property that has tenants who have on file.

Renters will be able to go online and apply beginning on May 13 at 10 a.m., must be current on their rent prior to the month of April and have undergone financial hardship such as loss of job-related to the pandemic in order to qualify. Further, they must have a median income of approximately $40,000 for one person or $60,000 for a family of four.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 11,665
  • Number of deaths: 294
  • Number of recoveries: 4,188

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,139 cases, 82 deaths, 855 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,105 cases, 68 deaths, 1,830 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,287 cases, 32 deaths, 207 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (716 cases, 7 deaths, 303 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (672 cases, 15 deaths, 224 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (669 cases, 32 deaths, 382 recoveries)
  • Walker County (327 cases, 15 deaths, 38 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (232 cases, 17 deaths, 118 recoveries)

6:25 AM:

BLUE ANGELS FLYING OVER HOUSTON: To celebrate frontline workers, the Blue Angels Fighter Jet group will be flying over the city beginning at 12:30 p.m.

TEXAS BRACING FOR ANOTHER WAVE OF COVID-19 CASES AFTER REOPENING: Gov. Greg Abbott admitted that he’s expecting a rise in COVID-19 cases as Texas moves along with its reopening plans but believes Texas hospitals can handle it.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 11,429
  • Number of deaths: 278
  • Number of recoveries: 4,028

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (4,062 cases, 79 deaths, 818 recoveries)
  • Harris County (3,066 cases, 65 deaths, 1,794 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,245 cases, 30 deaths, 186 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (698 cases, 7 deaths, 291 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (662 cases, 15 deaths, 201 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (659 cases, 28 deaths, 370 recoveries)
  • Walker County (308 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (219 cases, 17 deaths, 115 recoveries)

UPDATES: MAY 5

4:00 PM:

BARBERSHOPS, HAIR SALONS, NAIL SHOPS TO REOPEN FRIDAY: Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that the next phase of reopening Texas would occur, beginning with barbershops, hair salons and nail shops to be able to reopen if they choose to do so on May 8. Office buildings, exercise facilities and gyms can reopen on May 18 at 25 percent capacity. All must follow social distancing guidelines.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 11,220
  • Number of deaths: 274
  • Number of recoveries: 3,843

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,992 cases, 75 deaths, 795 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,975 cases, 65 deaths, 1,709 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,245 cases, 30 deaths, 186 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (694 cases, 7 deaths, 277 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (648 cases, 28 deaths, 354 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (640 cases, 15 deaths, 163 recoveries)
  • Walker County (298 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (209 cases, 16 deaths, 115 recoveries)

6:22 AM:

  • Kroger & Costco are limiting meat purchases due to slowdown at processing plants.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 11,142
  • Number of deaths: 271
  • Number of recoveries: 3,820

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,992 cases, 75 deaths, 795 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,975 cases, 65 deaths, 1,709 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,187 cases, 28 deaths, 163 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (694 cases, 7 deaths, 277 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (648 cases, 28 deaths, 354 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (640 cases, 15 deaths, 163 recoveries)
  • Walker County (298 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (209 cases, 16 deaths, 115 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 4

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 10,948
  • Number of deaths: 260
  • Number of recoveries: 3,711

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,908 cases, 69 deaths, 774 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,930 cases, 64 deaths, 1,668 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,183 cases, 27 deaths, 153 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (679 cases, 6 deaths, 274 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (636 cases, 28 deaths, 344 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (634 cases, 14 deaths, 153 recoveries)
  • Walker County (290 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (208 cases, 16 deaths, 115 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 3

Here are the updated evening numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 10,936
  • Number of deaths: 260
  • Number of recoveries: 3,711

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,908 cases, 69 deaths, 774 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,930 cases, 64 deaths, 1,668 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,183 cases, 27 deaths, 153 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (665 cases, 6 deaths, 271 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (636 cases, 28 deaths, 344 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (629 cases, 14 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Walker County (290 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (208 cases, 16 deaths, 115 recoveries)

HISD has announced the food distribution sites for the week ending May 8:

Monday, May 4

Fondren Middle School, 6333 S. Braeswood Blvd., 9 a.m.

Sterling Aviation High School, 11625 Martindale Road, 9 a.m.

Tijerina Elementary School, 6501 Sherman St., 11 a.m.

Marshall Elementary School, 6200 Winfield Road, 3 p.m.

Moreno Elementary School, 620 East Canino Road, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

Highland Heights Elementary School, 865 Paul Quinn St., 9 a.m.

Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 9 a.m.

Thomas Middle School, 5655 Selinsky Road, 11 a.m.

Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Drive, 3 p.m.

Shadydale Elementary School, 5905 Tidwell Road, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

Clifton Middle School, 6001 Golden Forest Drive, 9 a.m.

Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 9 a.m.

Bonham Elementary School, 8302 Braes River Drive, 11 a.m.

Bastian Elementary School, 5051 Bellfort Ave., 3 p.m.

Henry Middle School, 10702 East Hardy Road, 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

Furr High School, 520 Mercury Dr., 9 a.m.

North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Dr., 9 a.m.

Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 11 a.m.

Tinsley Elementary School, 11035 Bob White Dr., 3 p.m.

Fleming Middle School, 4910 Collingsworth St., 3 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 9 a.m.

Navarro Middle School, 5100 Polk St., 9 a.m.

Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 11 a.m.

Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 p.m.

Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 3 p.m.

UPDATES: May 2

  • Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new stay-at-home order on Saturday, two days after the statewide stay-at-home order expired on April 30. Non-essential Harris County businesses and others that were not opened by Gov. Greg Abbott’s order are to remain closed through May 20.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 10,504
  • Number of deaths: 243
  • Number of recoveries: 3,490

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,720 cases, 60 deaths, 702 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,831 cases, 62 deaths, 1,576 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,079 cases, 26 deaths, 145 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (665 cases, 6 deaths, 271 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (629 cases, 14 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (614 cases, 27 deaths, 340 recoveries)
  • Walker County (290 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (202 cases, 16 deaths, 91 recoveries)

UPDATES: May 1

Here are the updated evening numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 10,229
  • Number of deaths: 232
  • Number of recoveries: 3,385

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,613 cases, 56 deaths, 665 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,743 cases, 58 deaths, 1,524 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,079 cases, 26 deaths, 145 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (637 cases, 6 deaths, 270 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (602 cases, 12 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (595 cases, 26 deaths, 328 recoveries)
  • Walker County (288 cases, 7 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (202 cases, 16 deaths, 91 recoveries)

SOME MALLS REOPENING MAY 5: Although The Galleria is reopening today, certain local malls such as Baybrook, Deerbook, First Colony, Willowbrook and The Woodlands are set to reopen on May 5th. Those malls will open with business hours being from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

PHASE 1 BEGINS: Movie theaters aren’t reopening just yet, restaurants and retailers can reopen with a reduced occupancy of 25%, bars, gyms, and salons are still closed and churches and places of worship can increase occupancy. Masks are optional but you must maintain social distancing.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 10,132
  • Number of deaths: 232
  • Number of recoveries: 3,359

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,613 cases, 56 deaths, 665 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,743 cases, 58 deaths, 1,524 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,052 cases, 26 deaths, 137 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (637 cases, 6 deaths, 270 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (602 cases, 12 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (595 cases, 26 deaths, 328 recoveries)
  • Walker County (226 cases, 7 deaths, 14 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (197 cases, 16 deaths, 90 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 30

Here are the updated evening numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas as the state’s stay-at-home order is set to expire:

  • Total number of cases: 10,105
  • Number of deaths: 230
  • Number of recoveries: 3,346

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,613 cases, 56 deaths, 665 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,743 cases, 58 deaths, 1,524 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,052 cases, 26 deaths, 137 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (637 cases, 6 deaths, 270 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (602 cases, 12 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (572 cases, 24 deaths, 317 recoveries)
  • Walker County (226 cases, 7 deaths, 14 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (197 cases, 16 deaths, 90 recoveries)

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 9,822
  • Number of deaths: 221
  • Number of recoveries: 3,204

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,515 cases, 52 deaths, 630 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,646 cases, 57 deaths, 1,381 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (1,018 cases, 24 deaths, 127 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (613 cases, 6 deaths, 263 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (582 cases, 12 deaths, 146 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (572 cases, 24 deaths, 317 recoveries)
  • Walker County (226 cases, 7 deaths, 14 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (193 cases, 16 deaths, 86 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 29

  • Gov. Abbott announced alcohol-to-go sales will continue after May 1st.
  • The number of Harris County Sheriff Office employees who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 has raised to 211.
  • BISSEL is repeating their pet adoption program, Empty The Shelters beginning on May 9 through May 17th.

Here are the updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 9,515
  • Number of deaths: 211
  • Number of recoveries: 3,083

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,419 cases, 50 deaths, 604 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,567 cases, 53 deaths, 1,381 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (973 cases, 24 deaths, 126 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (604 cases, 6 deaths, 257 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (548 cases, 24 deaths, 287 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (562 cases, 12 deaths, 146 recoveries)
  • Walker County (203 cases, 3, deaths, 14 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (188 cases, 16 deaths, 86 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 28

5:30 PM:

HARRIS COUNTY TOLLS TO RESUME TOLLING ON APRIL 29: Per HCTRA, Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to resume toll operations on Harris County toll roads starting Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00 a.m.

Commissioners Court initially waived tolls on all Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) roads last month, in order to assist those who still needed to travel during the county’s Stay Home, Work Safe order issued on March 24.

Here are the evening updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 9,510
  • Number of deaths: 211
  • Number of recoveries: 3,067

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,419 cases, 50 deaths, 604 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,567 cases, 53 deaths, 1,381 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (973 cases, 24 deaths, 126 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (604 cases, 6 deaths, 257 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (548 cases, 24 deaths, 287 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (562 cases, 12 deaths, 146 recoveries)
  • Walker County (203 cases, 3, deaths, 14 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (188 cases, 16 deaths, 86 recoveries)

6:15 AM:

Here are the morning updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 9,259
  • Number of deaths: 196
  • Number of recoveries: 2,888

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,358 cases, 46 deaths, 547 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,469 cases, 52 deaths, 1,289 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (957 cases, 22 deaths, 120 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (592 cases, 3 deaths, 250 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (548 cases, 24 deaths, 287 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (530 cases, 10 deaths, 141 recoveries)
  • Walker County (203 cases, 3, deaths, 13 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (182 cases, 16 deaths, 84 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 27

6:01 PM:

  • Governor Greg Abbott announces the Stay At Home order for Texas will expire on April 30 and some businesses can re-open on May 1st. Full Details

Here are the morning updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 9,070
  • Number of deaths: 188
  • Number of recoveries: 2,726

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,284 cases, 42 deaths, 512 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,455 cases, 51 deaths, 1,213 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (952 cases, 21 deaths, 120 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (577 cases, 3 deaths, 243 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (541 cases, 22 deaths, 263 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (506 cases, 9 deaths, 141 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (182 cases, 16 deaths, 77 recoveries)

TESTING SITES OPEN: A new testing site has been opened that is close to neighborhoods with vulnerable populations considered high risk for COVID-19. The United Memorial Medical Center testing site will be located at Barnett Sports Complex, which is at 6800 Fairway. An additional testing site has been opened in Sugar Land.

UPDATES: April 26

  • Montgomery County’s Tax Office announces it will offer a four-month extension on property tax payment agreements.
  • HEB announces shoppers must wear masks inside their stores within Harris County.

Here are the mask distribution sites for the week ending May 2nd:

Monday, April 27

District A Council Member Amy Peck

9-10 a.m.(all locations). Locations will be drive up only.

Carverdale Community Center, 9920 Porto Rico Road

Freed Park Community Center, 6186 Shadyvilla Lane

District D Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

11 a.m. Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 7817 Calhoun Rd.

District I Council Member Robert Gallegos

8 a.m – 1 p.m. The Tejano Center, 2950 Broadway

9 a.m. 3 30 p.m. Community Family Center, 7524 Avenue E

Tuesday, April 28

Harris County Constable Alan Rosen along with faith based leaders

Drive up only.

12 p.m.-2 p.m. New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 9126 Jensen Dr.

District K Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum

9 a.m. Fountain of Life Center, 14065 Main St.

District J Council Member Edward Pollard

10 a.m. Plaza Americas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd

UPDATES: April 25

6:22 PM:

Here are the evening updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 8,923
  • Number of deaths: 184
  • Number of recoveries: 2,629

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,224 cases, 38 deaths, 483 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,404 cases, 51 deaths, 1,152 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (919 cases, 21 deaths, 113 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (573 cases, 3 deaths, 243 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (539 cases, 22 deaths, 262 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (506 cases, 9 deaths, 141 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (181 cases, 16 deaths, 77 recoveries)

9:53 AM:

  • The Houston Food Bank is partnering with HISD for a second large food distribution event at NRG Stadium on Saturday, hoping to assist some 6,000 families. The event starts at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. at the Yellow Lot.  Drivers should head to the entrance on South Main Street.

Here are the morning updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 8,700
  • Number of deaths: 177
  • Number of recoveries: 2,527

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,120 cases, 35 deaths, 462 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,362 cases, 49 deaths, 1,094 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (905 cases, 21 deaths, 104 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (545 cases, 3 deaths, 243 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (522 cases, 21 deaths, 262 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (496 cases, 9 deaths, 140 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (181 cases, 16 deaths, 77 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 24

Here are the evening updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 8,693
  • Number of deaths: 177
  • Number of recoveries: 2,492

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,120 cases, 35 deaths, 462 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,362 cases, 49 deaths, 1,094 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (905 cases, 21 deaths, 104 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (520 cases, 3 deaths, 210 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (507 cases, 21 deaths, 243 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (496 cases, 9 deaths, 140 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (181 cases, 16 deaths, 77 recoveries)

T-Mobile is donating $60,000 to HISD to support students during COVID-19

“We greatly appreciate T-Mobile’s generosity during this challenging time,” HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan said. “None of us can get through this crisis alone, so we are grateful to our community partners who are helping the district continue our commitment of meeting the educational and nutritional needs of students and their families.”

T-Mobile’s donation will be applied to the area of greatest need as part of the mobile communications company’s #MobilizeForGood initiative.

  • Retail To Go options begin today at many Houston area malls. Click here for a full breakdown.

UPDATES: April 23

5:16 PM:

Here are the afternoon updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 8,253
  • Number of deaths: 171
  • Number of recoveries: 2,370

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (3,046 cases, 34 deaths, 422 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,284 cases, 48 deaths, 1,037 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (889 cases, 18 deaths, 104 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (501 cases, 21 deaths, 243 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (467 cases, 8 deaths, 134 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (392 cases, 3 deaths, 210 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (177 cases, 16 deaths, 60 recoveries)
  • Mattress Mack is giving away 10,000 free masks at the Gallery Furniture North Freeway location at 6006 North Freeway from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis until make run out.
  • Mayor Turner is more likely to not enforce the $1,000 fine for the Mask Order that goes into effect. Instead, he’s announced the “Mask Up” program, hoping to issue out 200,000 masks to the public.
  • US weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing 5-week total since the novel coronavirus became a pandemic to more than 26 million.

8:16 AM:

Here are the overnight updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus in Southeast, Texas:

  • Total number of cases: 8,046
  • Number of deaths: 160
  • Number of recoveries: 2,191

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (2,975 cases, 34 deaths, 397 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,236 cases, 46 deaths, 947 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (870 cases, 18 deaths, 104 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (491 cases, 21 deaths, 227 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (440 cases, 7 deaths, 127 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (382 cases, 3 deaths, 200 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (177 cases, 16 deaths, 60 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 22

3:41 PM:  

  • Doctors are saying the novel coronavirus is leading to strokes for adults in their 30s and 40s who are not terribly ill.
  • In her official announcement regarding the mask order, Judge Lina Hidalgo says that those who are not wearing masks in Harris County under the 30-day order will be fined $1,000. Additionally, the number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast, TX has reached 7,974, an increase of 166 in the region.
  • Galveston County has issued plans for re-opening Galveston, including social distancing guidelines for bars, beaches, and clubs. Read more here.

  • Second Servings has announced they are expanding their Dinner’s On Us program beginning on Thursday (April 23). Meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the LAM Parking Lot Downtown (702 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX ) from 10 AM to 12 PM.
  • According to the IRS, here are the dates checks will be mailed to those who qualified for the $1,200 stimulus check and did not receive the check via direct deposit:
    • Less than $10,000: April 24
    • $10,001 – $20,000: May 1
    • $20,001 – $30,000: May 8
    • $30,001 – $40,000: May 15
    • $40,001 – $50,000: May 22
    • $50,001 – $60,000: May 29
    • $60,001 – $70,000: June 5
    • $70,001 – $80,000: June 12
    • $80,001 – $90,000: June 19
    • $90,001 – $100,000: June 26
    • $100,001 – $110,000: July 3
    • $110,001 – $120,000: July 10
    • $120,001 – $130,000: July 17
    • $130,001- $140,000: July 24
    • $140,001 – $150,000: July 31
    • $150,001 – $160,000: August 7
    • $160,001 – $170,000: August 14
    • $170,001 – $180,000: August 21
    • $180,001 – $190,000: August 28
    • $190,001 – $198,000: September 4
    • Remaining checks: September 11

9:01 AM:

  • Harris County to issue mandatory mask order beginning on April 27. The order will last for 30 days and will be for individuals over the age of 10.
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been canceled due to the novel coronavirus. The cancelation is the first since World War II.
  • A food access program has been established for homebound individuals with disabilities. Find out more here.

Here are the overnight updated numbers regarding the novel coronavirus:

  • Total number of cases: 7,808
  • Number of deaths: 157
  • Number of recoveries: 2,067

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (2,948 cases, 34 deaths, 364 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,195 cases, 45 deaths, 896 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (808 cases, 18 deaths, 97 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (479 cases, 20 deaths, 216 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (417 cases, 7 deaths, 123 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (345 cases, 3 deaths, 191 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (173 cases, 16 deaths, 57 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 21

7:10 PM:

  • H-E-B announced they will be extending store hours starting on April 27, citing an improved supply chain and more product availability. The new hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • CDC chief says a second, more deadly coronavirus outbreak could occur this winter, simultaneous with the regular flu season.
  • Trump announces he plans to sign an executive order suspending immigration for those seeking green cards for the next 60 days. The order does not apply to workers entering the country on temporary VISAs.

5:30 PM: 

After Tuesday’s press briefings, here are the latest numbers regarding the novel coronavirus:

  • Total number of cases: 7,590
  • Number of deaths: 155
  • Number of recoveries: 2,035

Top County Breakdown:

  • Houston (2,948 cases, 34 deaths, 364 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,195 cases, 45 deaths, 869 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (808 cases, 18 deaths, 97 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (479 cases, 20 deaths, 216 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (417 cases, 7 deaths, 123 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (345 cases, 3 deaths, 171 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (173 cases, 16 deaths, 57 recoveries)

5:05 AM:

Following a Monday evening update, here are the latest figures regarding the Houston area and COVID-19. The number of total cases in the region is now 7,578, up 252 from Monday morning. Seven people have passed from complications due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, as the number of official deaths is now over 150 at 153. 110 more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the official total to 1,892

  • Houston (2,928 cases, 34 deaths, 347 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,049 cases, 44 deaths, 812 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (799 cases, 18 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (468 cases, 19 deaths, 208 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (393 cases, 7 deaths, 103 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (333 cases, 3 deaths, 170 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (170 cases, 16 deaths, 57 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 20

11:22 AM:

Here are the HISD food distribution sites for the week of April 20th

Monday, April 20

  • Hartsfield Elementary School, 5001 Perry St., 9 a.m.
  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale St., 9 a.m.
  • Fondren Middle School, 6333 S. Braeswood Blvd., 11 a.m.
  • Thomas Middle School, 5655 Selinsky Road, 3 p.m.
  • Highland Heights Elementary School, 865 Paul Quinn St., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

  • Foster Elementary School, 3919 Ward St., 9 a.m.
  • Kennedy Elementary School, 400 Victoria Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Marshall Elementary School, 6200 Winfield Road, 11 a.m.
  • Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Dr., 3 p.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Dr., 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill Lane, 9 a.m.
  • Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Bastian Elementary School, 5051 Bellfort Ave., 11 a.m.
  • Bruce Elementary School, 510 Jensen Dr., 3 p.m.
  • Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock Road, 3 p.m.
  • Cook Elementary School, 7115 Lockwood Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Lane, 9 a.m.
  • Yates High School, 3650 Alabama St., 11 a.m.
  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 3 p.m.
  • Ashford Elementary School, 1815 Shannon Valley Dr., 3 p.m.

Friday, April 24

  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 9 a.m.
  • North Forest School, 10726 Mesa Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Reynolds Elementary School, 9601 Rosehaven Dr., 11 a.m.
  • Bonham Elementary School, 8302 Braes River Dr., 3 p.m.
  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 3 p.m.

9:20 a.m. 

The beginning of Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen parts of Texas begins today. Here’s what’s happening today:

  • State parks open, visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing and gatherings of larger than five people are prohibited.

7:01 AM:

Following a Monday morning update, here are the latest figures regarding the Houston area and COVID-19. The number of total cases in the region is now 7,326. One person has passed from complications due to COVID-19 in the last 10 hours, as the number of official deaths is now 146. Two more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the official total to 1,782

  • Houston (2,821 cases, 34 deaths, 327 recoveries)
  • Harris County (2,002 cases, 41 deaths, 760 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (783 cases, 17 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (455 cases, 17 deaths, 193 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (377 cases, 7 deaths, 100 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (315 cases, 3 deaths, 160 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (170 cases, 16 deaths, 50 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 19

5:02 PM:

  • Fort Bend County, Harris County, the City of Houston, and Galveston County have reported additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the region’s total number of cases to 7,309. The respective areas have confirmed six more people have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 145. The number of recoveries have increased by 55 to a new total of 1,780.

9:30 AM:

All Harris County COVID-19 testing locations have been closed due to inclement weather.

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 167 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 following a Sunday morning update with the figure now sitting at 7,102. Six people have passed away from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the official total number of deaths to 139. The number of individuals who have recovered according to city officials increased by 53, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,725.

  • Houston (2,691 cases, 31 deaths, 315 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,962 cases, 40 deaths, 717 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (755 cases, 17 deaths, 85 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (450 cases, 15 deaths, 193 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (377 cases, 7 deaths, 100 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (304 cases, 3 deaths, 160 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (170 cases, 16 deaths, 50 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 18

5:30 PM:

  • Following a round of Saturday press conferences, city officials, as well as health officials, have confirmed there are now 6,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the greatest Houston area. 53 more people have recovered, bringing the total to 1,672.
  • Alex Bregman confirmed that the #FeedHOU campaign managed to accomplish its $1 million goal in one week.
  • The City of Houston and the Houston Food Bank reached their donation capacity at their NRG Stadium donation site.

12:01 PM:

  •  The Houston Food Bank has canceled several food distribution events at the following locations: Connect YMCA, Houston Texans YMCA, and Aldine-Greenspoint Family YMCA hosted by North Houston Skate park due to rainy weather.

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 313 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 following Mayor Sylvester Turner’s daily update with the figure now sitting at 6,808 as of Saturday morning. Nine people have passed away from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the official total number of deaths to 133. The number of individuals who have recovered according to city officials increased by 147, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,619.

  • Houston (2,570 cases, 31 deaths, 297 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,890 cases, 36 deaths, 650 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (695 cases, 17 deaths, 83 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (438 cases, 14 deaths, 191 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (370 cases, 7 deaths, 100 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (302 cases, 3 deaths, 154 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (164 cases, 15 deaths, 50 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 17

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 22 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 following Mayor Sylvester Turner’s daily update with the figure now sitting at 6,495 as of Friday morning. One person has passed away from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the official total number of deaths to 124. The number of individuals who have recovered according to city officials increased by 20, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,472.

  • Houston (2,456 cases, 29 deaths, 280 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,850 cases, 34 deaths, 578 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (656 cases, 16 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (421 cases, 14 deaths, 157 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (350 cases, 6 deaths, 99 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (285 cases, 3 deaths, 140 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (158 cases, 14 deaths, 41 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 16

5:05 PM:

  • In an afternoon news conference, Mayor Sylvester Turner revealed that there were an additional 286 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the area, bringing the official total to 6,473. Nine more people have passed away from the virus, bringing the area’s total to 123. 1,452 people have recovered.
  • The Harris County Sherriff’s Office reports 113 positive COVID-19 cases, including 98 of those who work in Harris County jails.
  • Click here to check your stimulus check payment update from the IRS.
  • The White House revealed a three-step phase plan to re-opening the country, including a sustained 14-day decrease in new cases. Click here for more.

4:03 AM:

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 261 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on Tuesday evening with the figure now sitting at 6,187 as of Thursday morning. Eight more individuals have passed away due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, bringing the total number of deceased to 114. The number of individuals who have recovered according to city officials increased by 122, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,350.

  • Houston (2,331 cases, 26 deaths, 260 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,766 cases, 32 deaths, 541 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (627 cases, 15 deaths, 68 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (401 cases, 13 deaths, 144 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (331 cases, 6 deaths, 94 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (272 cases, 3 deaths, 119 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (151 cases, 13 deaths, 38 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 15

4:30 PM:

  • Members of the House of Representatives are considering a bill that would give Americans $2,000 per month during the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes hours after a wide majority of Americans received their $1,200 stimulus check that Trump signed into law late last month.
  • The city of Austin has extended its stay-at-home order to May 8, becoming the first city in the state to go beyond April 30.
  • Texans have made the third most complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in regards to COVID-19 scams. Texas has 1,164 complaints, third-most in the country behind California (2,166) and Florida (1,302).
  • Frenchy’s & Pelli Peli join list of local restaurants including Kim Son and Burns BBQ offering pre-prepared meals at Kroger.

7:14 AM:

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 345 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on Tuesday evening with the figure now sitting at 5,926 as of Wednesday morning. The number of individuals who have succumbed to the virus eclipsed triple digits (106) as the number of recoveries in the area sits at 1,222. Fort Bend County is reporting that the majority of their 627 cases come from Missouri City alone, with 90.

  • Houston (2,279 cases, 23 deaths, 233 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,628 cases, 29 deaths, 481 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (627 cases, 15 deaths, 68 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (392 cases, 11 deaths, 130 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (308 cases, 6 deaths, 94 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (259 cases, 3 deaths, 103 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (149 cases, 13 deaths, 33 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 14

5:05 PM: 

Fort Bend ISD has announced online learning will continue for students until the end of the school year as face-to-face instruction would not return.

3:42 PM:

  • Per the Treasury Department, 80 million Americans will get their stimulus checks this week.
  • See a heat map of coronavirus cases in the area by zip code.
  • Wal-Mart opens special pickup hours for seniors, first-responders and at-risk customers from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Click here to see if pickup is available in your area.
  • An additional 48 cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, bringing the official total to 5,629. The official number of deaths sits at 96 while the number of individuals in the greater Houston area who have recovered now sits at 1,052.

City officials, as well as the health departments for various counties across the region, confirmed an additional 193 cases of COVID-19 on Monday evening with the figure now sitting at 5,581 as of Tuesday morning. Tragically, four more people have succumbed to the virus as the number of recoveries in the area has eclipsed over 1,000 (1,023 in total).

  • Houston (2,239 cases, 18 deaths, 214 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,528 cases, 28 deaths, 417 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (543 cases, 12 deaths, 61 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (377 cases, 9 deaths, 92 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (251 cases, 5 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (250 cases, 2 deaths, 94 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (143 cases, 12 deaths, 29 recoveries)

UPDATES:  April 13

4:15 PM: 

  • Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund are helping Texas provide $50 million in loans to small businesses to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mayor Turner announced the City of Houston testing sites are now available to anyone who wants to be tested for coronavirus. You still have to visit the health department’s website to register for a test before getting tested. Testing capabilities will increase to 500 people a day, beginning April 14.
  • Russell Westbrook is donating 600 computers to help students in need of computer and internet access while learning from home.
  • Galilee Missionary Baptist Church is teaming with Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office of Alan Rosen and its Community Outreach Program to distribute free masks and gloves to Acres Homes residents at the church from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has established a website for citizens to file complaints about price gouging. Visit the site here.

HISD has announced the following locations for food distribution this week:

Monday, April 13

  • Foerster Elementary School, 14200 Fonmeadow Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Attucks Middle School, 4330 Bellfort Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St., 11 a.m.
  • Blackshear Elementary School, 2900 Holman Ave., 3 p.m.
  • Shadydale Elementary School, 5905 Tidwell Rd., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

  • McNamara Elementary School, 8714 McAvoy Dr., 9 a.m.
  • Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 9 a.m.
  • Thompson Elementary School, 6121 Tierwester St., 11 a.m.
  • Jones Futures Academy, 7414 Saint Lo Rd., 3 p.m.
  • Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

  • Williams Middle School, 6100 Knox St., 9 a.m.
  • Fondren Elementary School, 12405 Carlsbad St., 9 a.m.
  • Navarro Middle School, 5100 Polk St., 11 a.m.
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Dr., 3 p.m.
  • Hilliard Elementary School, 8115 E. Houston Rd., 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

  • Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 9 a.m.
  • Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 9 a.m.
  • Burrus Elementary School, 701 E. 33rd St., 11 a.m.
  • Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence St., 3 p.m.
  • Fonwood Early Childhood Center, 9709 Mesa Dr., 3 p.m.

Friday, April 17

  • Scarborough High School, 4141 Costa Rica Rd., 9 a.m.
  • Fleming Middle School, 4910 Collingsworth St., 9 a.m.
  • Young Elementary School, 3555 Bellfort Ave., 11 a.m.
  • Osborne Elementary School, 800 Ringold St., 3 p.m.
  • Pilgrim Academy, 6302 Skyline Dr., 3 p.m.

The Greater Houston area woke up to an additional 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday with the figure now sitting at 5,388. Tragically, four more people have succumbed to the virus as 60 plus more individuals have recovered, raising the total to 953.

  • Houston (2,124 cases, 16 deaths, 214 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,505 cases, 28 deaths, 371 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (536 cases, 11 deaths, 56 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (355 cases, 8 deaths, 92 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (251 cases, 5 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (237 cases, 2 deaths, 83 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (140 cases, 11 deaths, 27 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 12

As of Sunday morning, there are now confirmed 5,289 cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area. Five more people have lost their lives to the virus, bringing the region’s death total to 82. An additional 77 people have recovered from the virus, bringing that total to 890. Many local churches continued to hold virtual service for Easter Sunday.

  • Houston (2,124 cases, 16 deaths, 214 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,437 cases, 25 deaths, 332 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (418 cases, 10 deaths, 32 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (355 cases, 8 deaths, 92 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (251 cases, 5 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (225 cases, 2 deaths, 83 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (140 cases, 11 deaths, 27 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 11

5:00 PM:  Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 and new cases.

  • Fort Bend County announced an additional 33 cases, bringing the area’s total to 518.
  • The City of Houston now has 61 new cases for a total of 2,124.
  • Harris County saw the biggest rise in new cases with 239, bringing their total to 1,437.
  • In total, there are now a confirmed 5,005 cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area

As of Saturday morning, there are now confirmed 4,892 cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area. The rise in the number of cases comes from test results being delivered after the first wave of massive testing in the area. On Friday, an additional 68 cases were confirmed in Houston, 146 in Harris County, 48 in Fort Bend County and 54 in Galveston County. A total of 77 people have now lost their lives as 7 individuals across the region succumbed to the virus on Friday. 813 people have recovered.

  • Houston (2,063 cases, 16 deaths, 189 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,198 cases, 24 deaths, 296 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (485 cases, 10 deaths, 32 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (341 cases, 8 deaths, 91 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (245 cases, 4 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (216 cases, 2 deaths, 70 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (116 cases, 9 deaths, 27 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 10

  • Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will sign an executive order next week to begin the process for how Texas businesses will begin to reopen in a “safe” way. The state’s predicted peak of coronavirus cases is currently at mid-April. See the peak dates for all 50 states here.
  • Federal projections suggest an increase of coronavirus infections if stay-at-home orders are lifted after 30 days.
  • More than 160 of the state’s 1,222 nursing homes, or about 13%, have at least one case of the new coronavirus, state officials said on Thursday according to the Texas Tribune. 38 nursing home residents and staff members have died of COVID-19 statewide.

There are now a confirmed 4,513 cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area as of Friday morning with an additional 615 confirmed cases in Houston, the most for a single day in the state. Houston is now approaching 2,000 individual cases. The number of deaths jumped to 70 as five more people have tragically lost their lives. The number of recoveries from the virus now stands at 720 people.

  • Houston (1,995 cases, 14 deaths, 156 recoveries)
  • Harris County (1,052 cases, 20 deaths, 264 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (437 cases, 7 deaths, 32 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (287 cases, 5 deaths, 83 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (231 cases, 4 deaths, 76 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (184 cases, 2 deaths, 49 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (114 cases, 9 deaths, 26 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 9

3:15 PM: At a press conference on Thursday, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was closing all Houston parks for Easter in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

2:33 PM: Harris County is giving struggling small businesses $10 million in forgivable loans. Visit http://www.harriscountyloan.com/ to apply.

10:23 AM: Madison High School parents, students, and staff are being asked to self-quarantine after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The district said that employee helped distribute laptops at the school. If you picked up a laptop between Monday, March 23 and Monday, April 6, you are being asked to self-quarantine.

Statement from HISD:

“We have been notified that a staff member at Madison High School who helped distribute laptops has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering at home.

All school staff members are being notified and those who worked in close proximity to the individual are being asked to self-quarantine.

Parents and students who came to the school to pick up laptops any time beginning Monday, March 23 through Monday, April 6 should self-quarantine 14 days from the last day they were inside Madison High School. Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact a physician.

We assure you we are working closely with the Houston Health Department to identify students, parents or staff who should be tested for COVID-19.

We urge everyone to follow national, state and local government and health directives to stay home if you are not feeling well. For those experiencing no symptoms, please wear masks and gloves and remain at least six feet from others when out in public at essential locations.

We remain vigilant and committed to taking every precaution we can to protect the health and safety of our HISD students, parents and staff during this global health emergency, while also meeting the educational and nutritional needs of families.”

7:21 AM: There are now a confirmed 3,742 cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area as of Thursday morning with an additional 60 confirmed cases in Houston, bringing the city’s official total to 1,380. The number of deaths have risen to 65 as seven more people have lost their lives to the virus in Harris County, one in Fort Bend County and one in Brazos County. The number of recoveries from the virus has risen to over 600 people.

  • Houston (1,380 cases, 12 deaths, 134 recoveries)
  • Harris County (961 cases, 19 deaths, 224 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (417 cases, 7 deaths, 22 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (287 cases, 5 deaths, 83 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (210 cases, 4 deaths, 53 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (184 cases, 1 death, 49 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (108 cases, 8 deaths, 22 recoveries)

In the United States, there are now confirmed 432,438 cases of COVID-19 and tragically, 14,808 people have lost their lives.

15 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the three weeks since social distancing and stay at home orders have gone into effect.

UPDATES: April 8

3:20 PM: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Wednesday that city officials were closing all parks in Harris County beginning on April 10 and ending April 13th.

100 more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Fort Bend County, being the areas total number of cases to 417. Most of those confirmed cases come from tests conducted one or two weeks ago. A seventh person has sadly passed away.

Prairie View A&M University announced that its fabrication center is using 3D printers to help provide facial shields for medical workers.

5:55 AM: The number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Houston rose to 3,382 as of Wednesday morning. While the number of reported deaths stands at 50, the number of recovered individuals has expanded to 508.

  • Houston (1,320 cases, 11 deaths, 99 recoveries)
  • Harris County (826 cases, 12 deaths, 204 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (318 cases, 6 deaths, 15 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (272 cases, 5 deaths, 78 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (197 cases, 4 deaths, 33 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (173 cases, 1 death, 44 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (97 cases, 7 deaths, 14 recoveries)

MD Medical is set to open 2 new drive-thru testing centers to help test for COVID-19. The testing locations will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to test 200 individuals daily. The locations are located at MD Kids Pediatrics located at 20403 Farm to Market Rd 529 #200, Cypress, TX 77433 and Clinicas Mi Doctor at 5230 Aldine Mail Rte Rd, Houston, TX 77039. Appointments are required, call or text 1-888-776-5252 to schedule one or make a same-day appointment.

A free USPS program called Informed Delivery has been established for individuals who are set to receive their stimulus check by mail, rather than direct deposit. Visit this website to learn when your check will be mailed to you.

Early data shows African-Americans are at a higher rate to contract the novel coronavirus COVID-19 due to a lack of health care access, existing medical conditions and more likely to work unstable jobs.

UPDATES: April 7

3:55 PM: The City of Houston and Harris County announced an additional 400 combined confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday afternoon. The city now has 1,320 confirmed cases and Harris County has 826 confirmed cases. In total, there are now 3,355 cases, 46 confirmed deaths, and 461 recoveries.

  • Texas Children’s Hospital full-time employees are set to receive $500 bonuses for hard work during coronavirus pandemic, part-time employees are set to receive $250 bonuses.
  • Unemployment checks for those who’ve lost their jobs due to the coronavirus are set to begin being issued out this week. Outlined in the stimulus package, the extra $600 is set to be distributed across certain states. Texas has yet to determine a date for when the unemployment checks will be sent out.
  • A medical shelter is being built at NRG Park to provide health and medical-related care to coronavirus patients if local hospitals exceed their capacities.
  • The peak of COVID-19 could occur in Texas far earlier than most models had originally predicted, from mid-May to now late April. Nationally, the peak is set to occur around April 15 now. For Texas, it is now set at April 19. See the updated projections here.
  • Governor Greg Abbott announced the closure of all state parks and historical sites temporarily in order to strengthen social distancing practices.

9:28 AM: The number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Houston stands at 2,968, just one day after eclipsing 2,500 total cases. While the number of reported deaths stands at 44, the number of recovered individuals continues to grow as there are now over 400.

  • Houston (1,145 cases, 10 deaths, 79 recoveries)
  • Harris County (664 cases, 12 deaths, 160 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (318 cases, 6 deaths, 15 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (256 cases, 1 death, 63 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (167 cases, 1 death, 37 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (161 cases, 3 deaths, 26 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (94 cases, 7 deaths, 12 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 6

3:59 PM: Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday announced an additional 400 plus confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Houston ara, bringing the city total above 1,000 with 1,145 confirmed cases. In total, there are now 2,884 confirmed cases regionwide along with 44 confirmed deaths and 384 people who have recovered.

11:30 AM:

  • Tide is offering free laundry services to the families of Front Line Responses. See more here: https://hope.tidecleaners.com
  • A new website has been created to assist essential workers with child care and financial support: FindChildCareNow.org.
  • Precinct 2 will be giving away free lunch at five different parks on a first-come, first-serve basis. See the details here.
  • Houston ISD is set to resume distribution for meals at select locations across the city on Monday (April 6). Here are the locations where you can pick up a meal for children:

Monday, April 6

Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m.

Wesley Elementary School, 800 Dillard St., 9 a.m.

Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Drive, 11 a.m.

Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 11 a.m.

Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7

  • McReynolds Middle School, 5910 Market St., 9 a.m.
  • Bastian Elementary School, 5051 Bellfort St., 9 a.m.
  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 11 a.m.
  • Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 3 p.m.
  • Sterling High School, 11625 Martindale Road, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

  • Yates High School, 3650 Alabama St., 9 a.m.
  • Mading Elementary School, 8511 Crestmont St., 9 a.m.
  • North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Drive, 9 a.m.
  • Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Lane, 9 a.m.
  • Furr High School, 520 Mercury Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 3 p.m.

Friday, April 10

  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale St., 9 a.m.
  • Woodson PK-5, 10720 Southview St., 9 a.m.
  • Henry Middle School, 10702 E. Hardy Road, 11 a.m.
  • Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock Road, 3 p.m.

UPDATES: April 5

  • Galena Park orders a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. The order states that it will be unlawful to be on public streets, sidewalks, or any public places. The only exceptions are for individuals going to and from work or emergency purposes.
    • The order also states no more than five people shall be allowed in any building open to the public for any purpose other than persons necessary to provide essential services to the public.
    • Open establishments are to enforce social distancing rules for each person and that people must be at least be six feet away from each other at all times.
    • Establishments are to provide hand sanitizer and cleaning of carts, baskets, and surfaces expected to be touched by the general public.
  • Houston announces Thursday as an official Day Of Prayer amid the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Rice to offer free housing for medical personnel working in the medical center to help with rest and travel. The move will require about 50 students and residents from two residential colleges to relocate to other areas.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Houston is nearing 2,500 almost one month after two people were initially diagnosed as confirmed positive cases in mid-March. With 2,435 confirmed cases, areas such as the city of Houston and Harris County are nearing or are over 700 cases. There have been 39 reported deaths in the Greater Houston area to COVID-19 where the number of individuals who have recovered from the virus has risen to nearly 350.

  • Houston (743 cases, 10 deaths, 63 recoveries)
  • Harris County (652 cases, 8 deaths, 152 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (280 cases, 6 deaths, 15 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (240 cases, 1 death, 56 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (149 cases, 3 deaths, 21 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (144 cases, 1 death, 25 recoveries)
  • Brazos County (94 cases, 6 deaths, 10 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 4

  • Globally, more than 1.1 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 60,000 people worldwide have passed.
  • More than 8,300 people in the United States with 1,224 people have died on Saturday alone. Donald Trump believes the worst has yet to come.
  • If you are one of 10 million individuals who are not required to file income tax because you didn’t’ earn enough, there’s a new way for you to earn a stimulus check. Click here for more info. Stimulus checks are due to begin being sent out on April 9.
  • The Houston Food Bank is seeking volunteers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton have decided to donate Verlander’s MLB game checks to help fight coronavirus.

The number of officially reported COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area topped 2,000 (2,251) as of Saturday as now four counties have topped over 200 cases. The City of Houston currently has nearly 700 cases, Harris County nearly 600 and more. Three more people have died in Houston and four more Harris County respectively, bringing their death totals to 9 and 8. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Greater Houston area now stands at 33 but a massive number of people across the region have recovered as 327 people have recovered.

  • Houston (690 cases, 9 deaths, 63 recoveries)
  • Harris County (594 cases, 8 deaths, 140 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (268 cases, 5 deaths, 15 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (222 cases, 0 deaths, 48 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (144 cases, 1 death, 25 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (142 cases, 3 deaths, 20 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 3

2:56 PM: Here is the list of inmates that will be released from Harris County Jail due to coronavirus concerns.

The U.S. announced on Friday that 701,000 jobs had been shed across the country, ending the longest streak of hiring in the country. Unemployment rose to 4.4% after reaching a 50-year low. of 3.5% as of February.

11:00 AM: Here’s a number of jobs hiring at the moment:

USPS – https://wp1-ext.usps.gov/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_posting_apply?PARAM=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9MDA1MDU2QUUwNUUwMUVEQTlDQ0YwOTVBOTdCNzg5QzkmY2FuZF90eXBlPUVYVA%3d%3d&sap-theme=Custom_tradeshow_2&sap-client=010&sap-language=EN#

Fiesta – https://jobs.fiestamart.com/

Dollar Tree – https://www.dollartree.com/careers

City Of Houston – https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/houston?sort=PostingDate%7CDescending

The Rustic – http://therustic.com/careers/

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores  https://jobs.loves.com/.

Randall’s – albertsonscompanies.com/carreers/randalls-careers.html

Amazon – https://www.amazon.jobs/en/

Domino’s –  jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/  

Petco – https://careers.petco.com/job-search-results/?location=Houston%2C%20TX%2C%20USA&latitude=29.7604267&longitude=-95.3698028&radius=200

PetSmart – https://careers.petsmart.com/search-jobs/Houston%2C%20TX/899/4/6252001-4736286-4696376-4699066/29×76328/-95×36327/50/2

Sprouts Farmers Market https://storeops-sprouts.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1&searchCategory=22721&searchCompany=3861&searchLocation=-12827-

or by texting the word “careers” to 480-800-8056.

Ace Hardware – https://storejobs.acehardware.com/

Walmart  careers.walmart.com

CVS – https://jobs.cvshealth.com/search-results?CloudSearchValue=none&CloudSearchLocation=Houston%2C%20TX%2C%20USA&CloudSearchRadius=20&radiusUnit=Miles&prefilters=none

Whole Food Market – https://careers.wholefoodsmarket.com/global/en/search-results?keywords=houston

Chipotle – https://jobs.chipotle.com/search-jobs/Houston?orgIds=282&alp=6252001-4736286-4699066&alt=4

Big Lots – https://careers.biglots.com/search/searchjobs

Five Below – https://fivebelow-careers.vibehcm.com/portal.jsp?Vy3uQUnbK9L08fh2MmQ83svHUNIi+Sao3V#portal.jsp?Dy3uQUnbK9L3zjFs4JvsSHvfW7VloVMRqbIuoOyRkwvlRSHzDCSf8RjiRZmwcvJUf4dMQSvOftn4pF0OaVcmwLw==V

Worley – https://worleyparsons.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobsearch.ftl2

https://aa170.taleo.net/careersection/worley_hrly/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=8516760849

The number of officially reported COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area now sits at 1,725 as of Friday morning with the city of Houston eclipsing more than 500 cases. Two more people have died in Houston and Harris County respectively, bringing their death totals to 6 and 4. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Greater Houston area now stands at 22 while 170 individuals have recovered.

  • Houston (506 cases, 6 deaths, 3 recoveries)
  • Harris County (449 cases, 4 deaths, 87 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (221 cases, 2 deaths, 10 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (130 cases, 0 deaths, 31 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (123 cases, 1 death, 20 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (119 cases, 3 deaths, 16 recoveries)

UPDATES: April 2

3:00 PM: Space Center Houston is closed until further notice.

A third United Memorial Medical Center location has opened up for drive-thru testing at Forest Brook Middle School. The location choice centers on data that revealed a high number of senior citizens live in the area.

HISD is relaunching the Grab and Go lunch program beginning on April 6th at the following locations

Monday, April 6

  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m.
  • Wesley Elementary School, 800 Dillard St., 9 a.m.
  • Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7

  • McReynolds Middle School, 5910 Market St., 9 a.m.
  • Bastian Elementary School, 5051 Bellfort St., 9 a.m.
  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 11 a.m.
  • Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 3 p.m.
  • Sterling High School, 11625 Martindale Road, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

  • Yates High School, 3650 Alabama St., 9 a.m.
  • Mading Elementary School, 8511 Crestmont St., 9 a.m.
  • North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Drive, 9 a.m.
  • Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Lane, 9 a.m.
  • Furr High School, 520 Mercury Drive, 11 a.m.
  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 3 p.m.

Friday, April 10

  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale St., 9 a.m.
  • Woodson PK-5, 10720 Southview St., 9 a.m.
  • Henry Middle School, 10702 E. Hardy Road, 11 a.m.
  • Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock Road, 3 p.m.

12:02 AM: The number of officially reported COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area rose above 1,500 as of Thursday morning as five counties (and Houston proper) have confirmed over 100 cases. In total, there are 1,538 confirmed cases in the region with 16 deaths and over 144 individuals who are recovering. The first two individuals who passed away from COVID-19 compilations in Montgomery County were a man in his 80s and another man in his 90s. Both had lived in the same senior living facility in College Station.

  • Houston (458 cases, 4 deaths, 3 recoveries)
  • Harris County (389 cases, 2 deaths, 74 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (194 cases, 2 deaths, 9 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (118 cases, 0 deaths, 26 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (110 cases, 2 deaths, 17 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (109 cases, 1 death, 10 recoveries)

Fort Bend County announced on Wednesday that it was extending its stay-at-home order until April 30th.

Unemployment claims in Texas have skyrocketed. More than 725,000 people have filed for unemployment in the last three weeks, more than the total number of requests in all of 2019. In the US, more than 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, doubling the number of individuals who filed for benefits last week.

In regards to the stimulus checks that should be coming to Americans within the next few weeks, here is who won’t get checks, according to Business Insider:

  • People with incomes above $99,000 or single parents with incomes above $136,500
  • Dependent children over the age of 16
  • Dependent adults (including many college students between the ages of 19 and 23)
  • Anyone without a social security number
  • Nonresident aliens (immigrants who don’t have a green card).
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • People who haven’t filed 2018 and 2019 tax returns.

UPDATES: April 1

9:44 AM: Houston Methodist is the first hospital in the nation to deliver a new coronavirus treatment involving plasma transfers. The concept, according to Houston Methodist, revolves around the idea that plasma from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 contains antibodies made by one’s immune system and is used to kill the virus. Transferring that antibody-rich plasma to someone who is currently fighting the disease may transfer the power of the antibodies into a healing, possibly life-saving therapy.

The number of individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area eclipsed 100 as of Wednesday morning but the number of cases continues to grow. The tally now stands at 1,267 cases as Galveston reached over 100 confirmed cases overnight.

  • Houston (377 cases, 4 deaths, 3 recoveries)
  • Harris County (303 cases, 2 deaths, 61 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (163 cases, 2 deaths, 9 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (106 cases, 0 deaths, 21 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (95 cases, 1 death, 10 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (93 cases, 0 deaths, 14 recoveries)

UPDATES: March 31

2:35 PM: Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas schools would be closed until May 4th, stay at home order in place for Texans until April 30.

1:13 PM: Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Tuesday (Mar. 31) that she was extending Houston’s stay-at-home order until April 30th. According to a University of Texas School of Public Health analysis, the virus would burn out in the Houston area by mid-May if stay-at-home measures were to remain in place.

10:58 AM: COVID-19 testing is now available at all Legacy Health Clinics.

9:53 AM: Here’s what various local businesses are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as local resources to help out with the kids, pets and more.

  • Constellation Field in Sugar Land will serve as a drop-off location for personal protective equipment to be donated to Memorial Hermann beginning April 1.
  • Wal-Mart is adjusting store hours for its store and neighborhood markets from 24 hours to be open from 6 AM to 11 PM. Additionally, they are making health-based changes for employees, stating that they will be given masks and gloves to wear and will also have their temperature checked. If their temperature is above 100 degrees, employees will be sent home.
  • Studio Movie Grill has announced curbside pickup is available from select SMG locations between 11 AM and 8 PM, Monday thru Saturday. Click here for more details.
  • Marcos Pizza is offering a buy one large or extra-large pizza and get one free medium pizza for delivery or carry out at participating locations with the code: APRILAPP during the week of April 6.
  • Various kid activities are popping up across Houston. Check them out here.
  • Source Vital is offering hand sanitizer.
  • The Empty The Shelters initiative from The BISSELL Pet Foundation is looking for homes for pets to save during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • If you are the victim of domestic abuse during the “Stay At Home/Work At Home” order, call the Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse hotline at 713-224-9911 or visit their website for more information. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. You can also text LOVEIS to 22522.

A shelter-in-place order has been issued for The Woodlands retirement community after 12 COVID-19 cases were confirmed overnight.

The World Health Organization released an app to inform individuals about global health information regarding the coronavirus and COVID-19. You can download it here.

UPDATES: March 30

The official number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the greater Houston area topped 1,000 as of Monday with 1,054 confirmed cases and 79 known recoveries. The number of deaths from COVID-19 has risen to 11.

  • Houston (309 cases, 3 deaths, 3 recoveries)
  • Harris County (254 cases, 2 deaths, 34 recoveries)
  • Fort Bend County (138 cases, 2 deaths, 9 recoveries)
  • Galveston County (92 cases, 0 deaths, 17 recoveries)
  • Montgomery County (81 cases, 0 deaths, 11 recoveries)
  • Brazoria County (79 cases, 1 death, 5 recoveries)

Fort Bend County opened its first government-supported testing site and you must be pre-screened before visiting: http://fbchealth.org/. Additionally, A new United Memorial Medical Center location has opened at Smart Financial Centre, according to US Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee.

UPDATES: March 29

Donald Trump announced in a news conference on Sunday that the CDC guidelines in regards to social distancing have been extended to April 30, weeks after his initial proclamation that social distancing guidelines would ease up by Easter.

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in the Houston-area as it nears 1,000 confirmed cases. On Sunday, health officials revealed that there were 922 confirmed cases, including eight confirmed deaths and 57 individuals who have recovered.

In the city of Houston, there are now a confirmed 286 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 240 in Harris County, 119 in Fort Bend County, 70 in Galveston, 65 in Montgomery, 61 in Brazoria and 44 in Brazos County.

Galveston County announced on Sunday the closure of beaches until April 5th.

UPDATES: March 28

4:27 PM In a news briefing on Saturday, Mayor Sylvester Turner revealed that after more tests had been conducted throughout the city and Harris County, an additional 53 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 in Harris County, bringing the number to 213. In Houston proper, the number of COVID-19 has more than tripled as it currently stands that 232 individuals had tested positive and a second individual, a woman in her 60s, had passed away from the disease. The news brought the number of total cases in the Greater Houston area to 782.

“The numbers are going to rise as we do more testing,” Turner said. “We’re not surprised at all.”

The city has also opened its testing site to anyone with symptoms. People can call 832-393-4220 to start the screening process.

10:10 AM The number of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area eclipsed 500 as of Saturday morning with the total sitting at 534. 25 more cases were confirmed in Harris County, bringing the official total there to 160, followed by Fort Bend County with 15 new cases (101 total), the city of Houston with no new cases (69 total), 13 new cases in Brazoria County (52 total), nine new cases in Galveston County (49 total) and six new cases in Montgomery County (47 total).

Of those 534 cases, 34 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, the majority in Harris County.

UPDATES: March 27

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Greater Houston area jumped to 461 as of Friday morning with the most notable cases including Scarface and ABC 13 anchor Chauncey Glover. 135 are in Harris County, 86 are in Fort Bend County, 69 in Houston, 41 in Montgomery County, 40 in Galveston County and 39 in Brazoria County.

A third death has been attributed to underlying symptoms, a 60-year-old woman in the Houston area. Of the number of cases, there have been 29 known recoveries.

On Friday, Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion stimulus package. Read more about the details of it here in regards to when checks will be mailed out, who gets checks and how much.

Essence Fest officially postponed its 2020 festival and is looking for a fall date.

UPDATES: March 26

The expansion in regards to testing facilities and care has led to a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area. A day after the total eclipsed 300, there are now a confirmed 372 cases in the Houston area, predominately in Harris County with 119. The city of Houston has 66 cases, Fort Bend County has 56 cases, Brazoria County has 33 cases, Montgomery County has 31 cases and Galveston County has 27 cases.

  • Memorial City Mall is hosting two blood drives this weekend – one on Friday and another on Saturday. The first Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center drive is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and the second is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Appointments are required in order to donate blood. Friday appointment information can be found here. Saturday appointment information can be found here.
  • Organizers said the drive is considered essential under the Harris County stay-home-work-safe order.

Donald Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas, which will expand the resources available to Texas and speed the state’s ability to robustly respond to the coronavirus.

The Real ID deadline, which was originally set for October 1, 2020 has now been pushed back to October 1, 2021. The Real ID, which allows you to board an airplane, is a federally mandated identification card that is similar to the current driver’s license but with a gold star on the card.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans for an executive order asking that those who fly into Texas from COVID-19 hot spot states such as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

UPDATES: March 25

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area jumped on Tuesday as cases are now closer to 300 total (282 overall) with the highest number of reported cases in Harris County (79), Houston (55) and Fort Bend County (44).

The Houston Independent School District announced that it is canceling food distribution for Thursday and Friday as coronavirus spread mitigation precautions intensify.

“The cancellation will remain in effect as the district re-evaluates its process for safely delivering this service to students and families,” school district officials wrote. “This is a difficult decision to make, but the safety of the community, staff, and volunteers is our top priority.”

Brazoria County became the latest county to announce a stay at home order in the region that began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Mar. 25).

For those with child care needs, these facilities will be open for those “essential employees” who are under “stay-at-home” orders:

UPDATES: March 24

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area inched closer to 200 as of Monday with the majority of known cases in Harris County (54), Fort Bend County (42), the city of Houston (24) and Montgomery County (22).

On Tuesday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Turner announced a Stay At Home-Work Safe Order which takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24 and expires on April 3, 2020.

Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George announced a Stay At Home-Work Safe Order similar to that of Harris and Galveston Counties that will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24 and expire on April 3, 2020.

UPDATES: March 23

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston area rose to 166 as of Sunday with a growing number in those who are recovering from the disease. Here’s the latest information:

  • No shelter-in-place order has been made by Governor Greg Abbott, however, Dallas County is the first in the state to enact such a decree.
  • Two new drive-thru testing sites have been opened in Harris County. For prescreening, people can go to ReadyHarris.org or call 832-927-7575. If testing is needed, the person will be given a unique ID number and directions to a testing site.
  • A case-by-case breakdown of new individuals tested for COVID-19 shows that 4% of those tested were under 8 years old, 5% were between 10 to 18 years old, 18% were between 19 to 27 years old and 48% were between 28 to 45 years old.
  • Galveston County announced a stay-at-home order on Monday evening – an announcement is set to take place on Tuesday with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Mayor Sylvester Turner about a rumored stay-at-home shelter order for Harris County.
  • Three HPD officers tested positive for coronavirus and are “doing well” according to Houston police chief Art Acevedo.

UPDATES: March 22

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston-area rose to 150 on Saturday as more testing locations became available to the general public. Among the new cases are two Harris County Sherriff’s Office employees, a slew of individuals in the 20s and two children under the age of 10 who were exposed via a confirmed case.

Whole Foods is giving its hourly employees a $2-an-hour raise, slash its operating hours and provide older customers a special shopping hour as it works to support employees and keep their customers supplied with essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katy ISD is providing free meals to Katy ISD students from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Bear Creek Elementary: 4815 Hickory Downs Dr, Houston, TX 77084
  • Golbow Elementary: 3535 Lakes of Bridgewater Dr, Katy, TX 77449
  • Hutsell Elementary: 5360 Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77493
  • Mayde Creek Elementary: 2698 Greenhouse Rd, Houston, TX 77084
  • Memorial Parkway Elementary: 21603 Park Tree Ln, Katy, TX 77450
  • Paetow High School*: 23111 Stockdick School Road, Katy, TX 77493
  • Schmalz Elementary*: 18605 Green Land Way, Houston, TX 77084
  • Sundown Elementary: 20100 Saums Rd, Katy, TX 77449
  • West Memorial Elementary: 22605 Provincial Blvd, Katy, TX 77450
  • Williams Elementary: 3900 S. Peek Rd, Katy, TX 77450
  • Tompkins High School: 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd, Katy, TX 77494

UPDATES: March 21

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston-area rose to 117 with 7 people confirmed to be recovering from the virus. Two people are confirmed dead. Additional cases were announced in Montgomery County, Fort Bend County and Harris County. At the free testing center at United Memorial Medical Center, seven cases were confirmed and the individuals were notified by health officials.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced the order to close local businesses such as gyms, salons and other facilities beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (Mar. 21)

“Gyms, fitness centers and other facilities that are used or intended to be used for any type of training, martial arts or sports shall close,” officials tweeted. “Hair and nail salons, spas, massage and tattoo parlors, movie theaters, game rooms and bingo halls shall close. Access to Fort Bend County facilities shall be limited to the public.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged the public to not listen to rumors on social media regarding a city-wide lockdown and to pay attention to news and reports from trusted media sources only.

“There is not going to be a lock-down, the city is not shutting down,” Mayor Turner announced during a Friday evening news conference. “There are only three people in the state of Texas who can make that decision, and that is the mayor, county judge, or governor. At this point, neither one has made the call. We are saying people should practice social distancing, wash their hands and use hand sanitizer.”

UPDATES: March 20

The official number of COVID-19 cases in the Houston-area rose to 89 with 7 people confirmed to be recovering from the virus. Two people are confirmed dead.

Testing

  • There are four announced options for payment in regards to testing. Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city will open a testing facility at Butler Stadium though the price wasn’t disclosed. In order to be tested at Butler Stadium, you have to be: a health care worker and/or first responder to be tested on Friday. On Saturday, the site will be open to anyone 65 years old and older. On Sunday, the site will be open to anyone. You will have to go through a screening process online or over the phone before you get tested.
  • The drive-thru testing operation at United Memorial Medical Center is free and is for those experiencing symptoms.
  • Legacy Health has opened several satellite sites and the price varies due to your insurance provider.
  • Next Level Urgent Care will begin drive-thru testing on Friday. If paying through your insurance, you’re looking at paying your co-pay. Without insurance, you’ll be paying a rate of $200.

Here’s an updated listing on where to get tested.

UPDATES: March 19

  • Testing locations for COVID-19 are set to open beginning on Thursday at United Memorial Medical Center (510 West Tidwell), as well as three Legacy Health centers in the Fifth Ward area (3811 Lyons Ave.), Montrose (1415 California St.), and Southwest (6441 High Star). Testing hours begin at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and is for those individuals who feel they are feeling symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The City of Houston has canceled all city-produced, sponsored and permitted events until April.
  • The Houston Public Library will remain closed until the end of March.

UPDATES: March 18

  • The number of coronavirus cases in the Houston area has grown to 62, including 1 death.
  • The Galleria Mall, Katy Mills and Houston Premium Outlets are temporarily closing its doors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to Simon Property Group.
  • Simon Property Group announced the closure of all of its retail properties, including malls, premium outlets and mills across the U.S.
  • The closure will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday until March 29.

UPDATES: March 17

  • The governor of Texas has activated the National Guard to assist with coronavirus response in the state
  • The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus to address the economic impact of the new coronavirus, according to sources.
  • President Trump wants checks sent out to the public within two weeks.
  • The Pentagon will be providing 5 million respirators and 2,000 ventilators
  • The EU will ban most foreign travelers for 30 days to curb the spread of coronavirus
  • Ohio’s primary election, originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, has been postponed after the Ohio Department of Health issued an emergency health order.
  • Disney postpones May releases, including ‘Black Widow’
  • A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Seattle was delayed after a passenger informed a flight attendant they had been exposed to someone who may have the virus.
  • Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak, reported just one new case Tuesday. Officials there believe the worst of the crisis is over for China.
  • Churchill Downs announced that The Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May to September.

UPDATES: March 17

A testing center for the coronavirus has opened in Southwest Houston.

The My Family Doctor clinic located on the 6400 block of HIlcroft Street near the Southwest Freeway has started drive-thru testing for the coronavirus. Per a Facebook post, the clinic is limited to supplies for coronavirus testing and will only be able to test visitors who are at high risk for the disease or those who meet the CDC criteria for testing. Testing will be done Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Harris County Public Health has revealed three new positive cases of COVID-19:

  • A 40-50-year-old man, who lives in the Northwest quadrant of Harris County. Investigation is ongoing, including travel history
  • A 40-50-year-old woman, who lives in the Southeast quadrant of Harris County. Investigation is ongoing, including travel history
  • A 40-50-year-old man, who lives in the Northwest quadrant of Harris County. This individual has known contact with a positive COVID-19 case

Also, the Harris County Tax Office will be ceasing in-person transactions by using dropbox payment methods for property owners, Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars, commercial customers, automobile dealers and title services beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

“All Harris County Tax Office locations will eliminate direct customer service transactions for the safety of our employees and the community,” Bennett said. “The Tax Office is not closed. Employees will continue to provide services to those who usually visit a Tax Office location by accepting transactions by drop box or mail. Customers are also encouraged to use the Tax Office website to conduct all other business.”

UPDATES: March 16

  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state would be waiving the 2019-2020 STAAR Test, a day after the CDC recommended that gatherings of more than 50 people should cease for the next two months in order to curve the spread of coronavirus.
  • Five Houston area malls have announced reduced hours in lieu of COVID-19: First Colony, Willowbrook, Baybrook, Deerbrook, and The Woodlands. The hours are now Monday thru Saturday noon to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.
  • All bars and restaurants have been ordered to close for two weeks beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday with restaurants only allowing pickup, delivery and drive-through orders.

Gyms have also announced they will be temporarily closed as the country deals with COVID-19. Those to announce are:

  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Gold’s Gym (company-owned locations)
  • LA Fitness
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Soulcycle (website does not show Texas closures; their official social media says all locations)
  • YMCA – all locations across Houston

As of Mar. 16, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Houston area has risen to 29, including a woman who was confirmed with COVID-19 who recently visited the rodeo. There has been one confirmed death of coronavirus in Texas, a man in his 90s who passed away on March 16th.

UPDATES: MARCH 13

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency and said that drive-thru testing locations would be implemented across the state, including Dallas, Houston and more. Mayor Turner said that drive-thru locations in the Houston area would be open next week.

UPDATES: MARCH 12

The City of Houston announced on Thursday (Mar. 12) that they will not turn off the water of customers who are behind on their bills.

“Because we’re telling people to wash their hands, and it’s very difficult to do that, especially for those individuals who may have gotten behind on their water bills. Well, the city of Houston is not going to be disconnecting anybody’s water, whether it’s individuals or businesses,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

EVENTS:

  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is canceled for the remainder of the 2020 season.
  • Tour De Houston is canceled.
  • Bayou City Arts Festival is postponed.
  • NCAA Tournament games at the Toyota Center are not open to the public.
  • CERAWeek 2020 has been canceled.
  • The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has been postponed.
  • Levy Park and the Levy Park Conservancy have canceled all events and programming through March 31, including the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Spring Break.
  • Alley Theatre cancels all performances and events through the end of March. Purchased tickets can be donated, exchanged, or refunded. Call box office for information.

SCHOOLS:

  • The University of Houston is canceling classes next week. Campus will remain open but faculty/staff has open to work remotely. Classes will resume online on March 23.

  • Montgomery ISD campuses and departments will close Thursday and Friday ahead of spring break.
  • Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School in Meyerland is close for the next two weeks.
  • Joy School in the Museum District is closed for the next two weeks.
  • Texas A&M has suspended classes until March 18.
  • Rice University has canceled in-person classes and is not hosting events for more than 100 people.
  • The University of Houston Downtown is suspending all classes from March 16-22, and students should not go to the campus. All course-related activities scheduled between March 23 and April 4 will be conducted online. By April 4, UHD will assess whether to continue conducting instruction online.
  • The University of Houston-Clear Lake classes will not be held from March 16 – 21. Beginning March 23, classes will be offered remotely until further notice.
  • The University of Houston-Victoria and UHV Katy will start its spring break early at noon March 12. Spring break begins March 16.
  • Prairie View A&M suspended classes until March 23.

  • The University of St. Thomas has canceled classes beginning noon March 12 and will resume online on March 23.
  • Lone Star College is extending Spring Break and will not resume classes until Monday, March 23.
  • Houston Community College is extending Spring Break by two additional days and will not resume until March 25.
  • Houston Baptist University will not hold residential classes for the week of March 16-21. Online classes will continue as scheduled. The residential class schedule will resume remotely (online or alternative format) beginning March 23 until further notice.
  • Galena Park ISD classes, activities, events, etc. have been canceled from March 16-22. All campuses, transportation services, and the Administration Building will be closed.
  • Harris County District Clerk cancels jury duty from March 13-20.
  • Spring ISD schools will be closed March 16 – March 20.
  • Waller ISD schools and offices closed March 16 – 20.
  • Sheldon ISD will be closed March 16 – 20.
  • Lamar CISD will be closed March 16 – 20.
  • Channelview ISD will be closed March 16 – 22.
  • Dickinson ISD will be closed March 16 – 20.

More cancellations will be added as they are announced.

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