Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for April 25

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

Eleven Chick-Fil-A employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Beaumont, according to 12 News Now.

Eleven Chick-Fil-A employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Beaumont, according to 12 News Now.

Photo: Twitter/Tyler Seggerman

Photo: Twitter/Tyler Seggerman

Eleven Chick-Fil-A employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Beaumont, according to 12 News Now.

Eleven Chick-Fil-A employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Beaumont, according to 12 News Now.

Photo: Twitter/Tyler Seggerman

Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for April 25

4:00 p.m.

Colorado officials have ordered the closure of a Walmart in suburban Denver as three people connected to the store died after being infected with the coronavirus and at least six employees tested positive.

The Tri-County Health Department announced late Thursday that a 69-year-old man who worked for a private security company at the Aurora store died along with a 72-year-old store employee and her 63-year-old husband, who did not work at the site.

3:30 p.m.

Some area high schools are taking an innovative approach to graduation ceremonies with social distancing in mind. St. Pius X High School announced that it will hold its graduation ceremony at The Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley in May, the Leader News reported. The drive-in theater is slated to host nine graduations for local schools.

Fort Bend ISD will be holding 2020 graduation ceremonies July 19-21 at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, according to district officials.

1: 50 p.m.

According to Beaumont's 12 News Now, 11 Chick-Fil-A employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

114 employees were tested on Monday. The other 103 were negative.

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12:25 a.m.

There were more than 919,066 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States by Saturday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University.  According to the coronavirus tracker, there have been more than 52,100 deaths in the U.S. with 99,154 recoveries and over 4.9 million tests have been conducted nationwide.

10:30 a.m.

The City of Houston will begin distributing free masks Saturday morning ahead of a Harris County order requiring residents to wear masks when venturing outside the home.  The order goes into effect on Monday, April 27 and will remain in effect for the next 30 days.

Masks will be handed out at these locations on Saturday morning:

11 a.m. Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 9314 Cullen Blvd.
4 p.m. Crump Stadium located in Alief ISD, 12321 High Star Drive
9-11 a.m. Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church, 1401 Fidelity

8 a.m.

A second mass food distribution will be held at NRG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The NRG yellow lot will be open from 4 to 7 p.m.  Approximately 5,000 packages of food will be handed out to families in need. The Houston Food Bank is partnering with HISD to help Houston families who are desperately needing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

7:00 a.m.

A Houston-area restaurant opened its doors Friday night in defiance of Harris County stay-at-home order. Federal American Grill owner Matt Brice risked a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail to open his doors to diners. No law enforcement officers or agencies attempted to stop Brice for defying the stay-at home order, Zach Despart and Marcy De Luna report. 

Several diners showed up at the restaurant around 5 p.m, and those without reservations were turned away.

“I’m not trying to start a war or defy anybody,” Brice said. “That’s not my intent. Somebody or something has to get this going much faster, and our economy has crashed.”


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