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2nd juvenile at Harris Co. detention center tests positive for COVID-19


April 2, 2020

A second juvenile is in medical isolation at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center after testing positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The detention center said on Sunday, March 29, the juvenile said he or she did not feel well. Staff immediately put the juvenile in isolation and performed an initial screening that required a COVID-19 test. The results …

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Houston leaders address childhood poverty during COVID-19


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — What might be most overlooked in the city of Houston is how underprivileged children are being protected against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, community leaders across nonprofit, medical and government agencies looked through solutions to keep children living in poverty safe from the coronavirus outbreak. The virtual summit was hosted by advocacy group Children At Risk. …

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Houston-area COVID-19 crisis: 14 deaths and 1,290 cases


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston-area is close to 1,300 COVID-19 cases. Fourteen people have died. On Wednesday April 1, Harris County confirmed 303 coronavirus cases, with two deaths and 61 recoveries. The City of Houston now has at least four deaths. The city has 377 confirmed cases. Here is a breakdown of where the cases are. TOTAL CASES: 1,290 …

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Here’s how long results take to come back from your COVID-19 test


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — More testing options continue to pop up around the Houston area for COVID-19, including a second free site operated by the city. But how long does it take for the results to come back? While some test sites have promised immediate results, a backlog of samples is lengthening turnaround times for up to two weeks. Tests …

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HISD to resume free meals for students on Monday


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Independent School District plans to relaunch their food distribution on Monday, April 6. Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan confirmed the relaunch to ABC13 during a Facetime interview on Wednesday. Lathan said the need for food is great across the city of Houston, and the district is working to help families in need. “I’m excited …

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Houston area leaders voice importance of 2020 census amid COVID-19


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Despite the current crisis in the area, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner want residents to take the 2020 U.S. Census. The pair of civic leaders address voiced the importance of taking the decennial survey, which is now available on the Census website. Hidalgo and Turner have been at the forefront of battling …

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Gun background checks up 92 percent in Texas amid coronavirus panic buying


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Kyle Harrison has worked at Top Gun in Houston for 25 years. As he looked at the store’s busy ammunition shelves, he told ABC13, “(Customers are buying) everything. They’re buying firearms and ammunition and accessories. We’re selling some training and literally everything.” WATCH: Ted Oberg visits Houston-area gun store where shelves are half-empty Panic buying reaches …

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Domestic violence concerns rising: Where to go if you need help


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — When Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez responded to a scene in northeast Harris County Tuesday, he had a familiar feeling of dread. Investigators say three young children led them to their mother’s body. Her husband is now charged with murder. “It’s personal for me because it’s something I see far too often in our community. We …

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Judge Hidalgo signs order to release up to 1,000 inmates


April 2, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A day after announcing plans to do so, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a 14-page order setting up the release of up to 1,000 non-violent inmates. Hidalgo called it “a decision necessary for the health and safety of the community.” In announcing the order, Hidalgo again called the Harris County Jail “a ticking time bomb.” …

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