KTRH News Wednesday Coronavirus Update 1p


** Editor’s note: Pardon our all caps. We’re not yelling. Broadcasting news scripts are often all caps, and the stories below are fresh from our KTRH on-air news updates.

ONE THIRD OF THE COUNTIES IN TEXAS HAVE AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS.

TODAY LIBERTY COUNTY ENACTED A STAY-AT-HOME POLICY FOR NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES.

THERE ARE ONLY THREE DAYS OF SWABS FOR TESTING CORONAVIRUS STOCKPILED IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON. FEMA IS SENDING MORE.CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE GOING THROUGH AROUND 200 A DAY.

SOME HOUSTON PARKS ARE CLOSING, INCLUDING ALL MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES AND DRIVING RANGES.HOUSTON CITY PLAYGROUNDS AND WATER PARKS, SKATEPARKS, BASKETBALL COURTS AND OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT ARE CLOSED, AS ARE COMMUNITY CENTERS -- THOUGH CURBSIDE MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE WEEKDAYS MONDAY - FRIDAY.TENNIS COURTS ARE CLOSED AT MEMORIAL PARK, LEE LECLEAR, AND MC GREGOR PARK.CITY PARKS AND TRAILS REMAIN OPEN, AS ARE DOG PARKS AND LAKE WILDERNESS PARK.

CITY COURTHOUSES WILL BE EMPTY NEXT MONTH. THE CITY OF HOUSTON IS SUSPENDING ALL JURY AND JUDGE TRIALS.THERE WILL BE NO ARRANGNMENTS OR HEARINGS FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS.THE SUSPENSION IS IN EFFECT THROUGH MAY 1.

A UT HEALTH TEAM SAYS IF WE STAY ON OUR BEST BEHAVIOR FOLLOWING STRICT INTERVENTIONS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, WE MAY SEE THE END OF THE CORONAVIRUS BY MID-MAY.BASED ON DATA FROM 150 COUNTRIES AND USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, THEY SUGGEST WE COULD SEE 3,500 CASES IN THE HOUSTON AREA BY MAY 12.THEY EXPECT A PEAK IN THE NUMBER OF CASES AROUND APRIL 7th.

FORT BEND COUNTY IS REACTIVATING DISTRIBUTION OF DISINFECTANT SOLUTION TODAY THRU 4 PM AT THE GUS GEORGE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY IN RICHMOND.THEY'VE ALREADY HANDED OUT 8-THOUSAND BOTTLES SINCE BEGINNING LAST WEEK.

1,044 CASES OF COVID 19 ARE REPORTED IN TEXAS, 285 IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA.

AN AMAZON WORKER IN KATY HAS TESTED POSITIVE.NINE AMAZON WAREHOUSES IN THE U.S. HAVE REPORTED CONTAMINATION AMONG STAFF.

KEEP IT UP, HARRIS COUNTY! WE'RE DOING A BETTER JOB AT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE, ACCORDING TO SMARTPHONE LOCATION DATA.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION IS HOLDING A FACEBOOK LIVE TOWN HALL AT 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.THEIR PAGE IS *TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION.*

SENATORS CRUZ AND CORNYN OF TEXAS ARE URGING PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ACCEPT GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S DISASTER DECLARATION, STRESSING THEIR CONCERN FOR A LACK OF P-P-E's -- PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT -- REQUIRED BY MEDICAL AND FIRST RESPONDER PERSONNEL, AS WELL AS THE STATE'S POTENTIAL SHORTAGES IN HOSPITAL BEDS, VENTILATORS, AND TESTING SUPPLIES.

A HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT FOUR DEPUTY IS SELF-QUARANTINED AFTER SHOWING SYMPTOMS.

LAST WEEKEND'S LIVE ONLINE AUCTION FOR RODEO JUNIOR EXHIBITORS NETTED $8 MILLION DOLLARS.

The Defense Department is making plans to combat the coronavirus, DOD leaders said today during a news conference. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

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