Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know about May 2

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

Harris County Judge Hidalgo signs a new stay-home work-safe order for non-essential businesses to stay closed until May 20th.

Harris County Judge Hidalgo signs a new stay-home work-safe order for non-essential businesses to stay closed until May 20th.

Photo: Hidalgo/Twitter

Harris County Judge Hidalgo signs a new stay-home work-safe order for non-essential businesses to stay closed until May 20th.

Harris County Judge Hidalgo signs a new stay-home work-safe order for non-essential businesses to stay closed until May 20th.

Photo: Hidalgo/Twitter

Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know about May 2

11:45 a.m.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new stay-at-home order Saturday, just two days after the current statewide stay-at-home order expired April 30.

Hidalgo announced that all non-essential Harris County businesses and others that were not reopened by Governor Greg Abbott’s order are to remain closed through May 20.

“We need to remain vigilant for a phased reopening to work,” Hidalgo tweeted.

I’ve signed a NEW stay-home work-safe order. Non-essential Harris County businesses and others that were not “reopened” by the Governor’s order need to stay closed through May 20th. We need to remain vigilant for a phased reopening to work. pic.twitter.com/ppykvLeLkj

— Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) May 2, 2020

9:22 a.m.

The Buckingham, a senior living facility in west Houston, reported the death of another resident due to COVID-19 on Friday.  Executive Director Jamie Kneen said that the resident was an Army veteran, “serving our country proudly and with distinction.” Kneen added that the resident was a “man of strong faith, he worked hard, raised a family with his wife and deeply cared about others.”

9:13 a.m.

There are now 3,364,535 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.  In the U.S., there are currently 1,104,345 cases, with a death toll climbing to 65,069 as of Saturday morning. Approximately 164,015 recoveries from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S.

7:oo a.m.

A Houston strip club, Club Onyx, is now allowed to stay open as a restaurant, after a federal judge approved a temporary restraining order.

Club Onyx filed the suit after being shut down in the early morning hours Friday night, only hours after they opened under Governor Abbott’s Phase I plan.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the club had primarily operated as a sexually oriented business before the pandemic and was only claiming to be a restaurant so it could reopen.

“I am asking the state to quickly clarify whether the governor intended for sexually oriented businesses like Onyx to be apart of the businesses authorized to open on May 1,” Turner said. “And if not, I am also asking the state, via the Texas Attorney General, to enforce the state’s order because the city cannot afford to expend its limited resources, i.e. fire and police, to defend the state’s order that a federal judge is now questioning.”

Read the in-depth report by Houston Chronicle’s Dylan McGuinness here.




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