Houston-area coronavirus coverage from March 4 to March 15


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Sunday, March 15

9:12 p.m. - State extends the expiration date of some driver’s licenses

In an effort to fight the spread of the new coronavirus and keep people out of long lines in state facilities, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday that it’s extending the expiration date of all driver’s licenses to 60 days after the end of the disaster declaration in the state of Texas.The decision applies to any driver’s license, personal ID card, commercial driver’s license or election identification certificate that expires on March 13, 2020 or later.

8:50 p.m.—Houston Public Library temporarily suspending services

Houston Public Library announced in a statement that it’s temporarily suspending services at all its locations until further notice. The suspension also includes all public programs and events organized by the Houston Public Library.

Members will still have access to the Houston Public Library’s online resources and digital services, which include e-books and e-audiobooks, streaming TV, movie and music services, online classes and tutoring, and databases.

“The Houston Public Library values the health and safety of our staff and customers as a top priority,” the statement read. “We are actively monitoring guidance from the Houston Health Department, as well as local, state and federal authorities to do our part to support the health of the entire community.”