Children head into Benbrook Elementary for the first day of school on Aug. 23, 2021. HISD is requiring masks for all students and staff, and limited virtual learning, but some parents are still worried.

Back To School

Houston Schools Report More Than 150 Active COVID-19 Cases On First Day

Posted on · Houston ISD returns Monday with a mask mandate and some virtual instruction, though it will only serve a few thousand of the district's nearly 200,000 students.

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Houston Matters

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Houston Are On Pace To Set A New Record (Aug. 17, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The region is on pace to exceed 4,000 total COVID-19 hospitalizations, City Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz answers your questions, and how air conditioning shaped Houston's growth.

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Houston Matters

COVID Threat Level Raised To Red (Aug. 6, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: The county hits its highest threat level for the first time since June 2020, how a local company is helping solve long-cold missing persons cases, and a conversation with legendary R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

In this July 27, 2020 file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. Experts say Texas' increase in hospitalizations is as great or even steeper than what we saw with first two coronavirus waves.

Health & Science

Texas COVID Cases Are Surging At An ‘Astonishing Rate.’ Here’s What You Need To Know.

Posted on · Officials at the state health department are concerned about the exponential growth in hospitalizations due to coronavirus over the past month. More than 7,600 people are currently in the hospital with coronavirus in Texas.

Mayor Sylvester Turner gets his first COVID-19 vaccine dose on Jan. 5, 2020.

Health & Science

Mayor Sylvester Turner Mandates Masks For City Employees, Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s Ban

Posted on · In an internal memo, Turner directed all city employees who can "medically tolerate" a face covering to wear one while on city premises in areas where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing. The mandate is effective Wednesday.

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