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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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For Kids Who Hit Puberty Early, Risk of Self-Harm Rises | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Kids who reach puberty earlier than other kids are at an increased risk of harming themselves as teens, British researchers report.

“Our study is the first to investigate the relationship between the timing of puberty and self-harm using an objective measure of pubertal timing in boys,” said lead author Elystan Roberts, a researcher at the University of Bristol.

He said it’s important to find out why self-harm is on the rise among young people so that help can be provided to those who may be most at risk.

“We still don’t know a lot about the psychological effects of early puberty in boys because male pubertal timing is so hard to measure, so our results will be important for helping to reduce self-harm risk in boys as well as girls,” Roberts said in a university news release.

Co-author Becky Mars, from the University of Bristol’s Medical School, said biological factors such as brain development or hormone changes, or psychosocial factors such as bullying, substance use or depression may be involved.

“Once we have a better understanding of the reasons why early developers are more likely to self-harm, interventions can be designed and delivered to help reduce self-harm risk,” Mars said.

Data from more than 5,000 boys and girls showed that early puberty resulted in a higher risk for self-harm at age 16. For girls, the risk continued into adulthood.

Earlier studies have shown that those who experience earlier puberty are at greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and girls are at higher risk of self-harm. But these studies largely focused on girls or a combination of girls and boys.

The researchers looked at the time when boys and girls were growing in height the fastest — age 13.5 for boys and 11.8 for girls. They also looked at questionnaires participants filled out at age 16 and 21.

At 16, 10% of boys and 25% of girls reported harming themselves. By 21, 28% of men and 35% of women reported harming themselves.

Most of those had experienced early puberty, the researchers found. An early growth spurt was linked with a 15% increase in girls’ risk of self-harm at 16. For boys, it was linked with a 28% increase.

This might not show cause and effect, researchers noted, but they are large differences in risk.

The findings were published Oct. 6 in the journal Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

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N.J. reports 637 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death. Rate of transmission rises for 7th consecutive day.

New Jersey reported 637 new coronavirus positive tests and one additional death on Sunday as the state’s rate of transmission climbed for the 7th consecutive day and has remained above the key benchmark indicating the outbreak is expanding for the past month.

Ocean County, a COVID-19 hotspot that has emerged in recent weeks, once again led the state with 150 new cases. Gov. Phil Murphy traveled to the county on Friday to discuss the ongoing outbreak there, which has been linked to Lakewood and its significant Orthodox Jewish community.

The statewide rate of transmission increased to 1.26, up from 1.24 a day earlier and marking a week of steady increases. The transmission rate was 1.11 last Sunday. Any number above 1 indicates that each new case, on average, is leading to at least one additional case and the outbreak is growing. The rate remains is now the highest it’s been since 1.32 on Aug. 5.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 across the state remained below 500 for the second day, with 480 patients across 71 hospitals.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest figures on social media. He did not reveal when the newly reported deaths occurred.

The update comes as the state continues an investigation into whether people were infected at a fundraiser President Donald Trump held at his Bedminster golf course Thursday, hours before he announced he tested positive for the virus. Everyone in attendance has been asked to self-quarantine and get tested, Murphy said. As many as 300 people attended the fundraiser, and some paid for a photo opportunity with the president.

Trump remained Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where doctors say his condition is improving and he could be discharged by Monday.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive for the virus on Friday, after spending time with Trump for the presidential debate on Tuesday and attending the formal nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Christie, who has asthma, was admitted to Morristown Medical Center in what he called a preventative measure Saturday afternoon.

Fellow New Jersey natives Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump advisor, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, have also tested positive for the virus.

New Jersey has reported a total of 208,202 COVID-19 cases out of more than 3.73 million tests administered in the nearly seven months since the state announced its first positive test March 4. That’s the eight most positive tests among American states.

The state of 9 million people has reported 16,136 deaths attributed to the virus in that time — 14,349 lab-confirmed and 1,787 considered probable. The state’s death toll is third highest in the U.S., after New York and Texas, which recently surpassed New Jersey. California is closely behind New Jersey, with 11 fewer deaths. The Garden State has the nation’s highest COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 residents.

New Jersey’s daily numbers have decreased dramatically over the summer after peaking in April, when officials routinely announced hundreds of new deaths