Testing is shown in the drive through line at the COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Rd., amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston.

Testing is shown in the drive through line at the COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Rd., amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston.

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Testing is shown in the drive through line at the COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Rd., amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston.

Testing is shown in the drive through line at the COVID-19 testing site at United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Rd., amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston.

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for August 12

Chron.com is following the latest headlines on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the Houston area

10:50 a.m.: Fort Bend announces countywide PPE kit distribution drives

Fort Bend County will be distributing more than 100,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to residents over the next four weeks at sites across the county’s precincts, Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced during a Wednesday live-streamed press conference.

Each kit will include surgical masks, wipes, hand soap, hand sanitizer and education materials from Fort Bend County Health and Human Services.

“We know that is in great demand and that is the very reason why we decided this effort,” George said during the conference. “I cannot stress the importance of the protective equipment…for our day to day lives to fight this pandemic.”

Below are the site locations and distribution times: 

Friday, Aug. 14: Fort Bend Fairgrounds, 4310 TX-36, Rosenberg, 77471
Friday, Aug. 21: Pinnacle Senior Center, 5525 Hobby St, Houston, 77053
Friday, Aug. 28: Cinco Ranch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, 77494
Friday, Sept. 4: Four Corners Center, 15700 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, 77498

The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies last.

8:30 a.m.: The latest Houston, Texas numbers 

As of Tuesday evening, the state’s positive test rate reached a record high of 23.97 percent, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of state data. A drop in the average number of viral tests has contributed to the increase in the state’s positive test rate.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Texas increased by 1.65 percent or 8,402 cases to 516,686 cases total, the highest increase in new cases since last Wednesday and the 20th highest day for new cases since the pandemic began. The state added 239 new deaths and is now at 9,165 deaths total. This marks the eighth-highest day for newly reported deaths.

The Houston region saw a 1.32 percent increase in new cases and is now at 124,272 cases total. The region’s death count increased by 43 and is now at 2,129. Harris County reported 942 new cases and is now at 87,505 cases total.

ON HOUSTONCHRONICLE.COM: A Katy nursing home staffer tested positive for new coronavirus. Then 77 residents did, too.

In other headlines: Texas bar owners are fighting to stay afloat amid state shutdown orders by calling out local leaders in a cry for help.

Some have gone so far as to file lawsuits, calling Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to re-close down bars unconstitutional, irrational and unjust, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

NOTE: The numbers included in this report represent a one-day change in data from Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 11. It is still unclear how many of the state’s new cases can be attributed to jail inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Houston Chronicle’s analysis of COVID-19 case data now includes probable and pending cases. This change is based on interviews with multiple public health officials and epidemiologists, as well as in line with CDC guidelines on reporting. DSHS is now using death certificate data for its counts of COVID deaths, leading some Texas counties to have dramatically higher counts than others and some counties to have higher numbers than state figures.


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