Cy-Fair COVID count rises

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a Facebook video Wednesday he would be allowing Texas bars to reopen next week, should county governments allow them.

“It is time to open up,” Abbott said in the video. “If we continue to contain COVID, then these openings, just like other businesses, should be able to expand in the near future.”

The executive order allows for bars to open at up to 50 percent capacity, provided counties assist in enforcing health protocols. Other business establishments also had their maximum capacity increased to 75 percent under the executive order.


“Opening bars does not mean that COVID-19 is no longer a threat, and most Texans are still susceptible to the virus,” Abbott said. “As bars and similar businesses begin to open, we all must remain vigilant and show personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

But Harris County won’t be allowing bars to reopen just yet.

“Indoor, maskless gatherings should not be taking place right now, and this applies to bars as well,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a tweet Wednesday.

Despite this expansion in capacity, the number of cases around Cy-Fair is still rising. As of 4 p.m. Friday, Harris County Public Health data shows a total of 847 active cases, an increase of nearly 100 cases since last Friday.

The number of deaths has gone up slightly in the past week as well, rising from 87 to 91 deaths.

Data was compiled using the ZIP codes in the Cypress Creek Mirror’s coverage area: 77040, 77041, 77065, 77070, 77086, 77095, 77429, and 77433. 77040 still has the highest number of cases at 242, with 77086 having the second most with 138 cases.

Testing is being offered at Klein Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM 2920, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday but closed on Friday and Sunday. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are also accepted.

Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Blvd, is also offering testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday but closed on Friday. An appointment at either testing site can be scheduled at covidcheck.hctx.net.

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