Chron.com is following the latest headlines on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Houston area
11:30 am Gov. Abbott to provide updates on next steps to reopen the state
Gov. Greg Abbott said in a Monday Twitter post that he hopes to provide updates about the state’s remodel plans over the next week.
“I said last month that there would be no more lockdowns in Texas – insisting on a lockdown despite demands from mayors and county judges,” Abbott said. “Since my last orders in July, COVID numbers have declined – the most important hospitalization.”
Abbott prevented plans to reopen after statewide cases and hospitalizations in late June.
I said last month that there would no longer be a lockdown in Texas – despite the demands from mayors and county judges, the emphasis would be on the lockdown.
Since my last orders in July, the number of Kovid has declined – most importantly hospitalization.
I hope to provide updates next week about the next steps. https://t.co/EmmankcMMO
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) 1 September 2020
Months in the epidemic and bars are still prohibited from opening and restaurants still need to operate under limited capacity, two industries that have been particularly hard-hit by viruses. Abbott did not elaborate on what the next reopening steps might be or if those industries would be addressed.
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As of Monday evening, 4,203 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in state facilities, a slight increase from the day before, according to an analysis of state data from the Houston Chronicle.
9am: Notice of outbreak at Katy Nursing Home
A Katie nursing home is being investigated by Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) after possibly 14 deaths from COVID-19, according to a county health department report.
A preliminary investigation began on May 24 at the Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation Park’s Heritage Park when three people tested positive for the virus. To date, there have been 14 deaths at the facility, four of which have been confirmed to be COVID-19 related, while the other ten are pending review of medical records.
Five residents and staff members are currently being monitored for COVID-19 by the county health department.
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“To ensure compliance with infection control and prevention, HCPH issued public health control orders to facilitate tracking of viral transmission of COVID-19 and COVID-19 related deaths,” the department said in a release. “HCPH continues to work with HHSC and other state entities in this investigation.”
A major outbreak was reported at another Katy nursing home in August when 70 residents were infected and 15 people died at the Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation Facility, “one of the largest active outbreaks at a Houston Chronicle licensed Texas nursing facility.” there was one.
8:30 am: Latest Houston, Texas number
An outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas increased to 2,516 new cases Monday evening, leading to a statewide total of 633,009 cases, according to an analysis of state data from the Houston Chronicle. There were 36 new deaths in the state and now 12,776 are statewide.
The state’s positive test rate dropped from 12.24 percent to 11.96 percent, while the rolling average of viral tests increased from 36,669 to 37,843.
In the Houston area, cases increased from 1,130 to 153,869, while deaths increased from 9 to 2,891 in total. An additional 838 new cases occurred in Harris County, with a total of 106,595 cases now.
Note: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Sunday, August 30 to Monday, August 31. It is still unclear how many of the new cases in the state can be attributed to prison inmates for the crime department. Justice. The Houston Chronicle’s analysis of COVID-19 case data now includes potential and pending cases. The change is based on interviews with several public health officials and epidemiologists, as well as conforming to the CDC guidelines on reporting. DSHS is now using Death Certificate data for its count of COVID deaths, causing some Texas counties to have dramatically more counties than others and some counties have higher numbers than state figures.