This Week's Headlines

Governor, mayor update community on COVID-19 actions

Airshow coming, but different

South Belt Hurricane information

Beta floods South Belt streets, homes survive

Turner announces anti-litter campaign

City officials urge to get flu shots

Hancock receives backpack donation

Melillo MS gets a sweet treat

Meador welcomes back students

Learning academy reopens

Meador welcomes back students

CCISD, PISD issue stadium guidelines, more

Clear Brook, Dobie teams begin long-awaited football campaigns

Campa, Singleton victorious at Longhorn Stampede event

Dobie off to solid tennis start as Deer Park matchup looms

BAFL aims to start 2020 season Sept. 26

Lions, BHI Bears enjoying restart

Dobie volleyball eases past Spring; Brook winless at 0-3

Dobie’s Berneathy off to terrific start

Dittrich returns to roots at Brook

Morris students return to class

 

Governor, mayor update community on COVID-19 actions

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 17 held a press conference outlining new regulations related to the state’s efforts to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

During the event, the governor issued executive orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums and libraries and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The governor also announced new guidance related to visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state.

In addition, the governor implemented the use of data-driven hospitalization metrics used by doctors and medical experts to help guide the state’s ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19 and expand occupancy for businesses and services. This metric focuses on areas with high hospitalizations – referring to any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospitalized patients exceeds 15 percent, until such time as the TSA has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospitalized patients is 15 percent or less. A current list of areas with high hospitalizations will be maintained at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031.

Using this metric, 19 of the 22 TSAs in Texas qualify to increase occupancy levels to 75 percent for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries beginning Sept. 21. In addition, these 19 TSAs can also resume elective surgeries. Three of the 22 TSAs (S-Victoria, T-Laredo, and V-Lower Rio Grande Valley) must remain at 50 percent occupancy and continue postponing elective surgeries until the hospitalization metric requirements are met. These three TSAs contain the following counties: Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria, Jim Hogg, Webb, Zapata, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy.

“With the medical advancements we have made and the personal hygiene practices we have adopted, Texans have shown that we can address both the health and safety concerns of COVID-19 while also taking careful, measured steps to restore the livelihoods that Texans depend on,” said Abbott.

“Achieving both goals requires safe standards that contain COVID-19, emphasize protecting the most vulnerable, and establish clear metrics that the public can depend on. That is why today we have announced expanded occupancy standards for a variety of services. But, Texans should remember that a steady and significant decline in COVID-19 cases is not a sign to let up in our vigilance against the virus.

Instead, Texans must continue to heed the guidance of medical experts by wearing a mask, social distancing and practicing proper sanitation strategies. By maintaining health and safety standards that are proven to mitigate COVID-19, we can continue to slow the spread while opening up the Texas economy.”
The governor announced new visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, Sept. 24.

Under the new rules, residents will be allowed to designate up to two essential family caregivers who will be provided necessary training to allow them to safely go inside a facility for a scheduled visit, including in the resident’s room, to help ensure their loved one’s physical, social and emotional needs are being met. Designated caregivers will not be required to maintain physical distancing but only one caregiver can visit a resident at a time.

A long-term care facility resident (or legal representative) can designate the essential caregiver, who can be a family member, friend or other individual. Facilities are required to train essential caregivers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and other infection control measures. Proper PPE must be used at all times during these scheduled visits, and the caregiver must test negative for COVID-19 within the previous 14 days before the initial visit.

For general visitors who are not a designated essential caregiver, these updated emergency rules will allow approved facilities to schedule outdoor no contact visits, open window visits, or indoor visitation with the use of plexiglass safety barriers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Physical contact between residents and general visitors is not permitted. Facilities also must continue to meet all additional visitation requirements outlined in the emergency rules.

Mayor’s response
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner feels the move is premature, releasing the following statement:

“I listened to Gov. Abbott’s announcement and believe the plan is a little more aggressive than I would prefer in announcing the next round of reopenings. The virus is still in our community. The state has taken an approach that comes with high risk.

“The governor is only utilizing the number of hospitalizations as the primary matrix to make decisions about reopening, and hospitalizations represent a lagging indicator.

“We have been here before. Our hospitalizations were low at the end of April, but then those numbers shot up, and the results were horrendous. Houston is still reporting too many positive cases and deaths at a level higher than in March, April and May. “This is not the time to take a victory lap, because it undermines the messages we have given the public to take this virus seriously and mask up and get tested.

“If people think we have conquered the virus, it makes it more challenging to get them to continue to wear face masks, stay home if they are sick, wash their hands, and get tested – all the measures we need them to take to contain the virus until there is a vaccine.”

Turner also announced the death of 10-year Houston Airport System employee Richard Sable from COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City of Houston has lost seven municipal employees and three Houston firefighters as a result of the coronavirus.

“I ask all Houstonians to keep Richard Sable’s family and former colleagues in your thoughts and prayers,” Turner said. “Please honor all victims, especially city employees, who lost their lives as a result of COVID-19.”

To view the governor’s executive orders, visit gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-30_expanded_openings_COVID-19.pdf.

Airshow coming, but different

The 36th Annual Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow will take to the air Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-11, and will offer fans a drive-in viewing experience to ensure safe social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The final lineup for an unprecedented three-day show will showcase the skills of four U.S. Air Force demonstration teams – F-22 Raptor, F-16 Viper, A-10C Thunderbolt II and the C-17 Globemaster III. The show will also include several aerobatic performers, fan favorite Tora! Tora! Tora! and an array of vintage World War II aircraft.

Tickets
Drive-in parking slots for this year’s show are now being offered online only to registered Insider fans Thursday, Sept. 24. Sign up now at no cost to become an Insider on the air show’s website, www.wingsoverhouston.com. Any remaining parking slots will become available to non-Insiders Saturday, Sept. 26, through the air show’s website or by calling 888-4-FLYSHOW. There will be no general admission, reserved seating or walk-up ticket sales at the show.

“We have done everything possible over many months to hold this show for our fans, and we are appreciative to the mayor, city officials, Houston Airport Authority and many others for working with us to offer a drive-in show concept.

We are also very grateful to our sponsors who have stayed with us and made this show possible every year, but especially this one,” said Bill Roach, air show director. “While this will be a very different show lineup and viewing experience, we also are proud to host every single-ship demonstration team the U.S. Air Force has to offer. For three days in October, we are going to put on an amazing show, which is something I think we all need during these difficult times and also as a reminder of how important and fortunate we are to live in a free country.”

Unlike normal years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing required changes to the show format and rules fans must follow.

Fans will be required to remain in or alongside their vehicle and must wear masks to use public restroom facilities. Fans are encouraged to bring pre-prepared food and drinks; as there will be no vendors at the show and grills are prohibited. Houston city officials approved the air show, including these guidelines, on Sept. 15.

Produced by the Commemorative Air Force, the nonprofit air show performance lineup includes the following acts:
– The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team is the world’s first fifth generation dedicated combat aircraft demonstration unit and remains the only twin-engine, vectored-thrust demonstration unit in the world. F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will present the flying capabilities of the single-seat, multi-mission fighter that can fly over Mach 2 and the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to an air-to-air role at the touch of a button.
– The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team will exhibit the capabilities of the A-10 “Warthog,” a premier close air support aircraft that provides invaluable protection to troops on the ground.
– The C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team will fly the most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force, which is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area
– The U.S. Air Force will showcase a Heritage Flight formation with aircraft (aircraft not yet finalized). Jason Newburg’s Viper Airshows features ‘extreme’ aerobatic pilot Jason Newburg who flies a dazzling show in his customized Viper Pitts S2S aircraft.
– Jacquie B Airshows presents the amazing aerobatic flying skills of Jacquie Warda in her one-of-a-kind Pitts biplane.
– La Porte resident Deborah Rihn-Harvey, world aerobatic champion, will fly a demonstration that showcases why she is one of the highest ranked aerobic competitors in the United States.
– Fan favorite, Tora! Tora! Tora! returns again to wow fans with their explosive re-enactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which includes an exciting show on the ground, too.
– The U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate rescue routines, having provided an all-weather 24/7 search and rescue capability to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast since 1963.
– Vintage aircraft performing and on display from various units of the Commemorative Air Force, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West, as well as two privately owned P-51 Mustangs and a collection from Stewart Dawson.
– The custom-built Shockwave Jet Truck, powered by three massive J34-48 Pratt & Whitney jet engines, will scream down the runway at chilling speeds.
– The RE/MAX Skydiving Team will open the show with a performance choreographed to the national anthem.
The show will be an air performance only; there will be no static aircraft on display, and the warbird area will not be opened before the show. The previously announced Canadian Forces Snowbirds will not perform this year.

About the air show
The Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community event produced by a volunteer effort of the Gulf Coast Wing, Houston Wing, and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West. The air show is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation. One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow attracts more than 90,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the globe. The 2020 air show benefits the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Scholarship Program, military recruiting efforts, and the Commemorative Air Force aircraft restoration and flying historical programs, in addition to numerous other nonprofit organizations.

 

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