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Bellville Medical Center announced it was extending a branch to Sealy to provide emergency-room service to an area that has been underserved for a long time, said BMC CEO Juanita Romans. more
Wednesday's biggest developments: Texas reports 34,422 cases and 948 deaths, Texas asks federal government for $6.4 billion to offset unemployment payouts, Austin health official sees coronavirus clusters among construction workers and H-E-B responds to price gouging allegations in federal lawsuit. more
He had initially eyed May 18 as the next date to announce further business reopenings, but in recent days faced growing pressure from some in his own party to move quicker. more
As of Monday morning, Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced there are 14 total cases of COVID-19 countywide but with nine cases declared recovered, the county can proceed to reopen under phase two of Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders at 50% capacity. more
Potter County has roughly four times the infection rate of Harris and Dallas counties. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham provided a statement on Friday afternoon announcing another positive COVID-19 case in the Kenney area, bringing the total case number to 13 countywide, although nine have already been declared recovered. more
Since becoming the first person to have a confirmed test of COVID-19 in Austin County, Sealy’s Amy Jett has become one of the biggest supporters of others going through the process and recently donated plasma to aid three infected people. more
With the coronavirus’s sweeping arm shutting down all athletic competitions, it was exceptionally devastating to former Sealy High School and Sam Houston State jumper Tristyn Allen, who said she trained the hardest she ever had leading up to this outdoor season for the Northern Illinois Huskies and coach Connie Teaberry as a graduate transfer. more
With traditional graduations likely off the table for the Class of 2020, one group of local parents has spearheaded efforts to honor all of the seniors in Austin County with a specialized gift from a community member who signs up to “adopt” a senior. more
As of Monday, Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced there were still only 12 total cases of COVID-19, with seven of those being recovered. more
Housing advocates say they are still concerned about cases of harassment and the longterm housing safety of vulnerable Texans. more
If a business reopens and an employee chooses not to return to work, they become ineligible for unemployment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. more
The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%. more
The poll results come as Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to announce his plans for reopening a wide range of Texas businesses. more
The Sealy City Council took the final step in approving a $250,000 grant program to help Sealy businesses facing economic uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and also approved all other items on their agenda during a Friday evening meeting. more
There's no partisan split among Texas voters when it comes to assessing Congress' performance: 53% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans disapprove of the job federal lawmakers are doing. more
Smaller communities have also struggled to get tests because they were not prioritized by the government or are too cash-strapped to buy them from the private sector, which runs the majority of tests in Texas. more
Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced Friday that the county will have a state-supported mobile COVID-19 testing sight on Sunday, April 26, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. according to a release. more
Friday's biggest developments: Stores offering curbside pickup can reopen and Texas reports 21,944 cases and 561 deaths. more
The bill will temporarily replenish about $320 billion into a forgivable loan fund earmarked for small businesses. more
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