Sindy Barnett, Charlton Community Center supervisor, distributes activities to Semeramis and Jhanavi Salinas curbside, as Melvyn Wright delivered food, for the department's Curbside Food Distribution for Youth Program, in Houston, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Dallas is in orange, Austin is in yellow and San Antonio is in green. People across the country continue to struggle without any indication of another round of COVID-19 relief passing any time soon. That's about double last year's 4.1 percent level. The East Bernard Brahmas defeated the Edna Cowboys 49-20. The state's seven-day rolling average for new cases is now at 4381.6. Paul Perez dips his hand into the water as he canoes with his mother, Suzanne Garofalo, at Camp For All, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Burton, TX. The small, rural hospital has created an isolated hallway for COVID patients as well as accepting COVID patients in their four ICU beds. Thursday marked the second highest single-day increase for COVID … Read here to find what changes the restaurants have made to keep customers safe during the pandemic. Houston Texans fans in the stands before the start of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium, Sunday, December 6, 2020, in Houston. In the Houston region, the number of cases increased by 1,020, bringing the total to 175,373. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in the 3300 block of Inwood Dr. in Houston. Eight districts that brought children back to schools in August are reporting sporadic known cases of students and staff testing positive for COVID-19, but they are avoiding the kind of outbreaks that stoked the most fear headed into the new school year. The number of coronavirus cases in the City of Houston surpassed 100,000 over the weekend. This year, the students were divided in groups of ten as safeguards against COVID-19. Humble Elementary School Principal Veronica Hernadez checks in with a 3rd-grader Kaleb Johnson Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Humble. Statewide, there were 3,246 patients hospitalized for lab-confirmed COVID-19. The number of new deaths on Friday was higher than 76 percent of all other days in the pandemic. New deaths were higher than 71 percent of all other days in the pandemic. Students met their teachers from social distance of their cars. Cars line up on Minute Maid Park (Lot C) at 2208 Preston Street waiting to get tested for COVID-19, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Houston. Stay Home" sign on its window during the coronavirus pandemic Monday, July 20, 2020, in Houston. Warehouse for Goodfair, a Houston-based online thrift store on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Elvis Martinez, an air monitor coordinator, works on adding a part to an air monitor behind the North Channel Library in Houston on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Fort Bend County Judge KP George elevated the county’s threat level from orange to red Wednesday due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. An employee walks outside a Richmond, Texas nursing home on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Paxton has sought writs of mandamus and an injunction from the high court to permanently block the mailout, both of which remained pending Friday. COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center - Tidwell in Houston on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. People visiting the Urban Harvest Farmers Market, which requires wearing masks for entry, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Houston. 10:30 a.m. Should I fly at all? The effort comes as Texas continues to seeing rising numbers of domestic violence and sexual assault during the pandemic. The food bank saw lines get longer in November after a decrease in demand in late summer. More than 20.4 million people have recovered. The Houston Chronicle’s ongoing coverage is available to subscribers. Houstonians can call the center at 832-393-4220 to speak to department staff and obtain information about the disease or get their questions answered. The lab has been working to develop vaccine for COVID-19 with yeast. Photo: Houston Chronicle The Humble ISD board meets to discuss the reopening of schools, Monday, August 3, 2020, in Humble. There have been 3,278 deaths in the Houston region, up 2 from yesterday. Fort Bend County's COVID-19 risk level has been lowered from red, or high risk, to orange, or moderate/significant risk, the Houston Chronicle's Kristi Nix reports. Here is what we noticed — every county seems to have a different system. If … What's airport security like nowadays? “What we do need is a very comprehensive strategy,” said Hidalgo. The former Sears store that existed for decades at Memorial City Mall is demolished Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Houston. Together, the districts enrolled about 200,000 students, roughly 40 percent of whom chose to remain in online-only classes. Those eight local districts are Alvin, Brazosport, Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Humble and Pearland ISDs, as well as Lamar CISD. • 174,353 in the Houston region, including 3,278 deaths. Blacksmith coffeeshop has the "Sick? Friday's new cases were higher than 57 percent of the 191 days the Chronicle has tracked COVID. Topics that will be discussed in upcoming presentations include the relationship between strangulation and sexual violence, issues for male survivors, human trafficking, challenges for LGBTQ+ survivors, sexual harassment at work and teen dating violence, among others. A volunteer loads up food at a Houston Food Bank distribution. Photo: Gustavo Huerta, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer. According to the County’s guidance, the Orange level means there is a high or moderate potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19, and that the health care system has adequate capacity but could be exceed if multiple outbreaks occur.. MORE: Mask mandates work to slow spread of COVID-19, CDC study finds. Level 1, or "Code Red," signals severe and worsening outbreaks that have strained contact tracing and testing. 4:25 p.m. After more than 45 days without a real update, Gov. Jesus Anguiano boxes up bags of meringue cookies at Santte Foods Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Oak Ridge North. Follow along for the latest coronavirus news and updates from the Houston Chronicle regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Houston and the rest of Texas. During testing, a Baylor position group unexpectedly fell below the minimum threshold to safely play the game. Strafford MSD kindergarten teacher Johanna Chesser meets up with her in-person class after teaching. For Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, there hasn’t been much to celebrate in 2020 anyway until recently. Click here to see a U.S. map with state-by-state death tolls and the latest coronavirus case counts. “We designed the system so that we would come out of red better than when we went into it,” Hidalgo explained. There are 7,451 ventilators available. • 702,235 cases in Texas, including 14,815 deaths. The Big 12 requires teams to have 53 active players for a game. USPS employees load trucks at the Gray Street location in Houston on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The fight over mail ballots in Texas has grown increasingly partisan throughout the 2020 election cycle, as Republicans have fought Democrats’ efforts to expand eligibility requirements and voters weigh how to vote safely with the threat of COVID-19. Rolando Navear has a swab taken by Kimberly Olivares, a medical student, at a free COVID-19 testing site conducted by United Memorial Medical Center at the Consulate General Of Mexico, 4506 Caroline St., Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Houston. Montelongo worked about 20 hours during this shift. “We’re evaluating to see if there is any reason to ignore the parameter that still remains which is positivity,” she explained. Alex Collins, 57, a member of the cleaning staff at The Medical Resort at Pearland works on the side of the facility on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, where 101 COVID-19 patients are taken care of until the patient's two last COVID-19 tests result in negatives. He arrived at the 2am and was finally tested around noon. As of Thursday, Houston has 99,396 total COVID … It was just announced that Shah will be stepping down from his position with the county to take a new job in Washington State. The Saturday game would have been a rare meeting: UH and Baylor football were scheduled to play for the first time in 25 years. Scott McClelland, H-E-B president, left, and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo prepare before the live-streaming of the Annual State of the County Update with Scott McClelland moderating the conversation with Judge Lina Hidalgo hosted by Greater Houston Partnership Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 in Houston. Rene is one of thousands of airline workers in Houston to lose their jobs today, and was trying to figure out how to apply for unemployment, retain access to health insurance. Houston opened to 75% capacity on Friday, but it may not last long. While confusing to some, County Judge Lina Hidalgo says the answer is simple: The metrics her office compiled in forming the threat level system in June have not all been met. View of Milam Steet empty on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Houston, around the same time when in previous years the HEB Thanksgiving Parade would be taking place. The Salazar family and Skylar King, right, stop and pay respect during the national anthem of the football game between East Bernard and Edna for the first game of the season Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at East Bernard High School Stadium in East Bernard. So what does this mean for you? Patients who were referred by a doctor or who went through the Montgomery County Hospital District’s hotline were able to be administered a test for COVID-19. 3:35 p.m. A Texas appeals court on Friday upheld a district court ruling that denied Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to block Harris County officials from sending mail ballot applications to the county’s 2.4 million registered voters, reports Jasper Scherer. Food, student supplies and other information was distributed to over 3000 students and families in Southwest Houston. For the second time in 16 days, Fort Bend County Judge KP George has raised his county’s COVID-19 threat level due to the rapid local spread of COVID-19 and its toll on local hospitals. Harris County COVID-19 Threat Level System (KPRC) Determining the level. Brian Ellithorp talks about his 2019 Lamborghini Aventadore-SVJ as they gathered for a car meet in a parking lot along Northwest Freeway Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Houston. Not much, really since the county can only “recommend” you stay home. Enrique Alpizar, 16, a junior, right, has his temperature taken as he and other students return for the first day of in-person classes at Booker T. Washington High School, Washington High School 4204 Yale St., Monday, October 19, 2020 in Houston. Alain Madrano prepares to go inside a Covid patient's room to put in a line inside one of the ICU units that handles COVID patients, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at the Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston Campus of UTMB.. Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer. The Houston Health Department has opened a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call center for Houston residents needing more information about coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 12:15 p.m. Up to 20 percent of the Houston population may have already been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the University of Texas COVID-19 modeling consortium. Medical intern Diego Montelongo, right, adjusts Denisse Moreno's bed after she was transported to the COVID-19 intensive care unit from the emergency room at UMMC on June 29, 2020, in Houston. Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Staff photographer. The manufacturer of Tidbits Fun Bites reached a deal with Sam's Club to sell the low calorie meringue treats at select Houston stores on a trial basis.The facility currently produces between 50,000 and 65,000 bags per month of two-calorie meringue cookies. The Silver Line bus rapid transit stations have signs reminding passengers to wear masks while riding during the coronavirus pandemic Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Houston. Joel Mora, right, talks about the challenges of running a music venue during the COVID-19 pandemic with his wife, Angela Mora, on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas is now 705,998, an increase of 3,763 cases on Friday, according to a Chronicle analysis. Twenty percent isn't quite at herd immunity, the researchers told reporter Lisa Gray. Gabriella Tavera with Harris County Public Health checks temperatures before U.S. Another 124 newly deaths were confirmed, bringing the total in the state to 14,939 statewide. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer. Dr. Gabriel Agbanyim and nurse Tanya Metz prepare to leave the room after examining a COVID positive patient in the emergency room that is being admitted to the hospital and possibly moved directly into the ICU, Monday, July 20, 2020, at El Campo Memorial Hospital in El Campo, TX. Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of the Harris County Public Health Department, listens during a press conference, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at the TranStar building in Houston. Covered tenants, however, still owe rent and all associated late fees. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz listens as Texas Gov. A woman brings testing supplies to a patient for a self-administered coronavirus test at Pridgeon Stadium, one of Harris County Public Health's eight coronavirus testing sites, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Cypress. 1:15 p.m. For the first Houston-area school districts to resume in-person classes, the early results for COVID-19 on campus are in: so far, mostly so good. • More than 30 million in the world, with over 944,358 deaths. New cases cleared that hurdle on Monday, as did the last hospital target — COVID-19 patients making up less than 15 percent of intensive care beds. She points to our positivity rate as the problem. Hidalgo blames COVID-19 being a perpetual issue for the region because of a lack of a comprehensive plan. The Houston Chronicle’s Live Updates blog documents the latest events in the coronavirus outbreak in the Houston area, the state of Texas and across the U.S. with a focus on health and economic impacts. If you need help with the Public File, call (713) 778-4745. Business is picking up for Santte Foods after several slow months when COVID-19 hit. Toni Rodriguez checks the stitching on the back of a custom Texas-themed mask at Sweet Texas Treasures Boutique, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Montgomery. Flight attendant Jessica Trujillo helps her daughter, Aris, 5, while her husband, Rene Trujillo, also a flight attendant, helps their son, Micah, 8, work on virtual schooling Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Houston. Students are shown at J.C. Mitchell Elementary School, 8050 Springtime Lane, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 in Houston. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. They are gluten free, lactose free, soy free and non GMO and use all natural ingredients. Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks at The Health Museum, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Houston. Alfredo Guadamuz jokes with drivers as they made their way through the pick-up lines during the H-E-B Family Thanksgiving Distribution at NRG Stadium Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Houston. About 101 patients in the facility are being taken care of for COVID-19. The latest positivity number is 6.7% according to Harris County’s graph. At The Medical Resort at Pearland there's 101 patients being cared for COVID-19. We have been in the “stay home” alert for more than 3 months now. 9:50 a.m. Lone Star Legal Aid, a  nonprofit which provides legal services to underserved people in need across Texas, on Thursday launched a new outreach program aimed at putting sexual assault survivors in touch with resources and educating the public about the nuances of sexual violence. “If I were advising the county, I would say it probably is time to reduce that threat level, cause mostly everything is moving in the right direction,” said Dr. McDeavitt. Despite the decision, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins remains barred from sending out the applications under a Texas Supreme Court ruling earlier this week. Harris County COVID-19 Threat Level System (KPRC) “We can go to orange in a matter of days, you know, a week or two. While the source of those infections is not known, none of the eight districts are reporting multiple active cases at a single campus. Coronavirus Judge Hidalgo introduces COVID-19 threat-level … Photo: Jason Fochtman, Staff photographer. A test administrator demonstrates to a patient how to hold their head during the nasal swab test at the UMMC Cullen Middle School Covid-19 testing center on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.