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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 allowed restaurants to increase occupancy to 50% and relaxed his earlier executive orders that limited certain other public activities over the last two months to reduce the spread of COVID-19. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the county following Memorial Day weekend. more
The secretary of state suggested that voters "may want to consider" voting curbside if they have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or sore throat, when they arrive at a polling place. more
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Tuesday adding a few types of businesses to the list. more
The oilfield service sector accounted for more than 22,000 of the industry’s jobs lost in April, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. more
Long-stay hotels are often the last resort for struggling families, even more so during the coronavirus pandemic. Many children are receiving little education with schools closed, and school districts have simply lost track of thousands of students. more
The state is still working out a few issues, Abbott said Friday, but he predicted the season will return as scheduled, with at least some fans allowed to attend. more
The state is now distinguishing antibody tests from standard viral tests. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced COVID-19 case No. 21 in Austin County although only six remain active with 15 considered recovered according to the Tuesday update. more
Travelers coming to Texas from select major states and cities previously had to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. more
It's unclear whether Texas will expand who is eligible for a mail-in ballot during the pandemic, as other states have. But the people who normally qualify to vote by mail can still do so in July. more
Thursday's biggest developments: Texas reports 52,268 cases and 1,440 deaths, Dallas County judge expresses measured optimism as case numbers show improvement, 134,381 Texans filed for unemployment last week and Houston-area water park set to open, despite orders. more
Pandemic-related financial strain has hit independent medical practices especially hard, the survey showed. Many physicians have resorted to taking pay cuts or working fewer hours. more
After the November holiday, students will not return to campus in an effort to avoid spreading the coronavirus. more
While a panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals put one federal judge's ruling on hold, the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a separate case aimed at limiting mail-in voting. more
Although her final season in a Sealy uniform was cut short, Lady Tiger senior golfer Maddie Goad already knew there would be more golf in her future and that was made official last Friday, May 15, at a signing ceremony at the Goad household. more
Sealy senior Zoee Jeffrey played her final game in a Sealy Tiger uniform without even realizing it. more
Due to the new coronavirus pandemic shutting down in-person schooling after spring break, end-of-the-year award nights continued on the Sealy ISD YouTube channel, honoring teachers of the year, retirees and service awards. more
As part of Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, high schools in rural counties with five or fewer active cases are allowed to hold socially distant outdoor graduation ceremonies in the final two weeks of May and Sealy High School’s will be the first in Austin County this Friday. more
Many reentry services offered to those leaving incarceration — like help with housing and employment — have moved online or been halted since the new coronavirus hit the state. more
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