KTRH Friday Coronavirus Update

Editors note: We've been sharing our on-air story content online, so please excuse the all-caps. This is how we write our scripts. These are the stories we've assembled today, the most recent at the top and the earliest at the beginning.

THERE ARE 495 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE HOUSTON AREA. THREE DEATHS AND 30 RECOVERIES ARE REPORTED.

THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS ANOTHER TWO STAFF MEMBERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, BRINGING THEIR TOTAL TO EIGHT. ONE OF THE NEW CASES IS A SERGEANT IN HIS 70'S.

FOUR HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, ONE OF THEM HOSPITALIZED.

GAlvESTON HAS NINE MORE CASES TODAY, BRINGING THE COUNTY'S CASELOAD TO 49.

FORT BEND COUNTY HAS THEIR FIRST FATALITY, A WOMAN IN HER 70'S WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.

CORONAVIRUS? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT. APPLE HAS BUILT AN I-O-S AND WEBSITE WITH INFORMATION ON THE VIRUS. -

DESHAUN WATSON PROVIDES LUNCH FOR THE NURSES AT BEN TAUB HOSPITAL TODAY. HE'S ALSO SPRINGING FOR THEIR DINNER. EARLIER IN THE WEEK WATSON HAD DONATED MEALS IN HIS HOMETOWN IN FLORIDA.

A PATIENT AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL HAS TESTED POSITIVE.

WHARTON COUNTY REPORTS ONE OF THEIR NEW CASES OF COVID 19 IS A TEN YEAR OLD BOY WHO LIVES IN THE SAME EL CAMPO HOMES OF ANOTHER PERSON WHO HAD TESTED POSITIVE.

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW PROFESSOR ANTHONY CHASE IS THE NEW HEAD OF THE GREATER HOUSTON COVID 19 RECOVERY FUND.

THE HARRIS COUNTY FIRE MARSHALL IS REVOKING ALL *SPECIAL EVENT* PERMITS UNTIL APRIL 30.

ESTHER THOMPSON IS IDENTIFIED AS THE FIRST HARRIS COUNTY COVID 19 FATALITY. THOMPSON'S DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY (Thursday).

METHODIST HOSPITAL CHANGES THEIR VISITATION POLICY TODAY. ONLY ONE HEALTHY VISITOR IS ALLOWED FOR MATERNITY, POSTPARTUM AND NICU (nik-you) PATIENTS, AS WELL AS DISABLED, CRITICAL AND DISCHARGE PATIENTS. *END OF LIFE* WILL BE ALLOWED TWO VISITORS AT A TIME. PATIENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID 19 WILL NOT BE ALLOWED VISITORS.

A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOES INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT. THERE IS A CURFEW FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6AM FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.

TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY ALL 90 HOUSTON-AREA H-E-B'S ARE PROVIDING THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH TAKE-OUT MEALS FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS. THEY CALL IT *H-TOWN TAKE OUT.*

MEMORIAL CITY MALL IS HOSTING A CRITICAL BLOOD DRIVE FROM 11 TO 3 TOMORROW (Saturday) AT THE WEST ENTRANCE BETWEEN THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY AND TARGET. THEY'RE ALSO COLLECTING DONATIONS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES. WE'VE GOT ALL THE DETAILS POSTED AT KTRH.COM.

THERE ARE 1,657 CASES OF COVID 19 IN TEXAS AS OF 8 THIS MORNING. THERE HAVE BEEN 24 DEATHS IN THE STATE.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THERE IS A NEW VISITATION POLICE FOR HERMANN MEMORIAL HOSPITALS. WOMEN IN LABOR CAN HAVE ONE VISITIOR. THE SAME FOR PEDIATRIC AND EMERGENCY ROOM PATIENTS. FAMILY MEMBERS CAN VISIT THOSE IN HOSPICE, AND SURGERY PATIENTS CAN HAVE A VISITOR FOR DISCHARGE. PATIENTS WITH DISABILITIES WILL BE DETERMINED ON A CASE-BY CASE BASIS.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY WARNS ANYONE CRIMINALLY EXPLOITING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS WILL FACE PUNISHMENT TO THE HIGHEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. THEY'RE FOCUSED ON PROSECUTING LOOTING, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE.

LONE STAR COLLEGE IS LOANING AREA HOSPITALS EIGHT VENTILATORS THAT ARE TYPICALLY USED FOR STUDENT TRAINING.

TRANSTAR MONITORING TRAFFIC LEVELS AT I-10 AND VOSS FIND ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD THE USUAL NUMBER OF CARS ON THE ROAD. METRO REPORTS BUS AND MASS TRANSIT USE HAS DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF.

COVID 19 HAS STOPPED THE TEXAS BULLET TRAIN. TEXAS HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAYS THEIR PARTNERS ARE IN THE HARD-HIT COUNTRIES OF SPAIN, ITALY AND JAPAN AS WELL AS THE U.S.

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