Brownsville ISD running out of COVID tests
The Brownsville Independent School District is running out of tests for COVID 19 due to a vendor experiencing shipping delays on 13,000 tests. The vendor advised that BISD’s shipment should be out sometime this week, according to the memo. In the meantime, Guererro advised staff to use a FEMA testing site being set up at the Brownsville Sports Park and opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Late Tuesday morning Guererro said BISD had somewhere between 500 and 1,000 tests remaining districtwide and that the supply was quickly being depleted. BISD is testing for the virus at all of its more than 50 campuses.myrgv.com
BISD OKs five days of COVID sick leave
Brownsville Independent School District trustees approved five days of paid sick leave for all fully vaccinated and boosted personnel employed as of Dec. 1, 2021, who later contract COVID 19 and have to miss work. The board of trustees approved the measure at its monthly meeting Tuesday by unanimous vote. … What’s been occurring these past few days with our campus staff and our support staff coming together for our kids is a classic example of BISD is a family. BISD had an attendance rate of 75% on Jan. 5, the first day back from holiday break. This week it had increased to the mid-80s, and Gutierrez was hopeful attendance would move past the 92% the district had experienced during the fall semester.myrgv.com
BISD to begin pediatric vaccinations; Drive-thru clinics scheduled Wednesday and Saturday
The Brownsville Independent School District pre-ordered 4,200 low-dose Pfizer COVID 19 pediatric vaccines and will begin giving the shots to children 5-11 from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Brownsville Event Center on Paredes Line Road.myrgv.com
CDC advisors recommend Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 – Houston Public Media
Kids ages 5 to11 will soon be able to get Pfizer's low-dose COVID vaccine. CDC advisors reviewed data showing it's safe and 90.7% effective, They say the benefits outweigh the risks in this age group.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston area COVID-19 numbers are down, but health officials warn not to relax just yet
More than 12 million Texans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Positivity and hospitalization rates are all trending down, yet doctors in the Texas Medical Center are still asking people not to celebrate just yet.
VYPE's Houston Volleyball Crystal Ball
The Eagles have been to the Regional Finals in 2018 and 2013 but that as far as they've gotten. It's been since 2006 that the 'Stangs have reached the Regional Finals. …The SleepersOak Ridge is solid and put up a fight against The Woodlands in district play. K Park won state a few years back and tied Lake Creek and Montgomery at 12-2 in one of the toughest volleyball districts in the state. Magnolia won district going 12-2 and face Porter in the first round, while West went 11-4 but face a tough K Park.
Mother in hospital, who had emergency C-section while battling COVID-19, will go home to family before Thanksgiving
TEXAX CITY, Texas – The Gutierrez family says the Coronavirus tore their family apart, but it won’t keep them apart. Crystal Gutierrez, who is currently at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, is set to go home next week just before Thanksgiving. She will still need round the clock care, but the family is grateful they will finally be together. He had to leave his job and stay home with them five months ago after his wife Crystal was hospitalized with the Coronavirus. Crystal, who was 36 weeks pregnant at the time, had to have an emergency C-section and then had to be put on life-support.
Biden's plan to fight online harassment could set up new confrontation with tech companies, experts say
That includes addressing the links between online harassment like revenge porn and deepfakes and offline acts of aggression, including mass shootings. "The Biden Administration will shine a light on the online harassment, stalking, and abuse that now is a too-frequent reality for Americans, particularly for young people and women," Biden's website says. "We know these platforms are consistently the source of online harassment and threats to women, and there's a connection to extremist consequences." Carley said she'd imagine a task force thinking of long-term proposals for things like auditing companies. Concerns the tech companies may water it downWhile experts praised Biden's plan for stating the task force will include folks outside of the traditional tech crowd, they say they're particularly concerned about what role companies may play in it.cnbc.com
Uber reports 18% revenue decline but says ride-hailing business is picking back up
Besides the political fight to preserve their business model, Uber has faced pandemic-related negative impacts to its main ride hailing business through most of 2020. As a variety of health orders and border policies limited travel and commuting, however, Uber users ordered more meals for delivery via Uber Eats. Earlier, it acquired Cornershop, a grocery delivery business, and started making grocery deliveries in New York City last month. Since its second-quarter report, Uber raised half a billion dollars in equity funding to fuel the growth of its logistics arm, Uber Freight. That business unit, which Uber started in 2017, has a post-money valuation of $3.3 billion, the company said in a statement.cnbc.com
Bride puts together virtual wedding after husband hospitalized with COVID-19
CONROE – Nancy Maxwell calls it a true love story. But when they got home in late September John wasn’t feeling good. But Maxwell said she wasn’t going to let it derail their plans. “With this ring, I thee wed,” said John Maxwell, in the video. “It’s been a wonderful love story and it will continue, he will recover and we look forward to our next travel adventure,” Nancy Maxwell said.
Wastewater study in Houston area helps identify COVID-19 outbreaks
HOUSTON – When you think of wastewater treatment plants, you may not think of medical research. But weekly water samples from 39 different Houston area treatment plants are now helping in the fight against the coronavirus. Researchers compare the wastewater data to the daily positivity rates and then monitor trends across Houston. “The key discovery with this project was that the wastewater signal seems to be ahead of the nasal testing data,” Dr. Maresso said. Health officials said overall the Houston area numbers are going down, but in southwest Houston, the numbers are slightly higher.
COVID-19: Myths And Facts – Houston Public Media
How can we be more critical consumers of health information about COVID 19? Dr. LeChauncy D. Woodard, clinical professor of health systems and population health sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some advice. There are several things we can all do to stop the spread of misinformation:First, use trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments and The World Health Organization. Check information shared on social media to identify the authors or organizations behind it. To keep yourself and your community safe, remember to be a critical consumer of health information.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston Newsmakers: Jackson Lee runs for 14th term in Congress
In thirteen previous elections to represent the 18th Congressional District, the opponents of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) 18th, have averaged 19% of the vote. Jackson Lee says she’s worked hard to keep her job. Abbott’s order to cut number of mail in ballot sites--Election Security & a HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS EXTRA**Crime Stoppers Celebrates 40 Years! It’s been an amazing journey for Crime Stoppers of Houston. Rania Mankarious is CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston.
Joe Biden in Michigan says he hopes first family recovers soon
Joe Biden wished President Trump and the first lady a speedy recovery from COVID-19 on Friday, speaking from the campaign trail in Michigan after his own campaign announced that Biden tested negative for the coronavirus. Biden also told supporters in Michigan that he was late because he was waiting for the results of his COVID-19 testing. He underwent testing after President Trump announced early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. "Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected," their physician, Kevin O'Connor, said in a statement. "I am reporting this out in my capacity as both Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden's primary care physician."cbsnews.com
The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'
Nearly 550 students have tested positive for the virus since in-person classes resumed last month. The reservation is located on parts of six counties that accounted for 62 new coronavirus cases and one death in Tuesday’s update. J.B. Pritzker will quarantine for two weeks after a member of his administration tested positive for the coronavirus. Naidu recently attended a session of India’s Parliament that was cut short after more than 20 lawmakers tested positive. India’s Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive last month and recovered in a hospital.
How we cover sports in a pandemic
The Texans public relations staff has been next-level organized with making sure we all have what we need. The Texans staff also made the press box feel as normal as possible. There were none this week, though the Texans are eager to welcome fans for week four when they host the Vikings. My focus has always been telling stories, and thankfully I can still do that during this pandemic. As far as the other sports go, it was tougher to cover the Rockets as they were in the bubble in Orlando.
H'Town's mass basketball exodus due to scheduling uncertainty?
Football football football. It's all about how COVID 19 has affected Houston high school football, right? Well, sort of but basketball is also being affected and we might be seeing it in the form of transfers. Fulshear star Demari Williams transferred to Tompkins a few weeks ago. "I believe with the level of uncertainty around the public school high school season along with the announcement from the UIL stating that teams will not be able to compete in Showcases or big-time tournaments that we will see more public to private/prep transfers," VYPE basketball analyst Ray Meech said.
Did Texas follow federal guidelines?
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the seven-day average positivity rate dropped for 11 days in April before hitting a plateau. Texas’ positivity rate started spiking on June 14. Daily new COVID-19 case chart (kprc)“I do think, generally speaking, that the state did follow the guidelines from Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, the CDC,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn. The World Health Organization recommended a state should not state reopening until it sees a positivity rate of 5% or lower for 14-days. As of June 24, Texas positivity rate is above 11% and the reason Governor Abbott decided to pause a further reopening of Texas.
Centex Studies now has COVID-19 clinical trials
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. HOUSTON Centex Studies will be evaluating potential new options for treating and preventing COVID-19 with their latest clinical trials. To qualify you must be 18 years or older, and have potentially been exposed to COVID-19. Watch as Centex Studies Dr. Joe Pouzar gives more details on their new healthcare worker trials.
Med Center sees uptick in COVID-19 patients in ICUs; warns if trend continues, capacity could be exceeded in 2 weeks
HOUSTON Data collected from the various hospital systems in the Texas Medical Center shows an uptick in the number of Intensive Care admissions of coronavirus patients. Its been a very consistent increase.Texas Medical Center ICU occupancy trend (KPRC)The center is showing the number of people admitted to the ICU has been climbing for the past week. Plus, hospitals in the medical center can nearly double the number of current ICU beds if the need arises. Texas Medical Center Total ICU Bed Occupancy (KPRC)McDeavitt said the increase was not unexpected as more of the city and state reopen. Both institutions said they have seen a slight uptick in ICU admissions, but they are not close capacity.