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Houston's COVID-19 death toll now 34 after passing of three men with underlying health problems

 We are continuing to track the latest headlines and updates regarding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bad weather caused Houston and Harris County's testing sites to close Sunday. Also Congress is close to agreeing on another financial relief bill. Get today's top Houston News headlines and latest updates in the live blog below.


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Here are the latest updates from around the Houston area and the world (all times are Central/Houston time):

APRIL 19 5:07 p.m. — A man and woman, both between ages 61-70 and suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, have died from coronavirus. the Galveston County Health District said both passed away April 18.

So far, 455 coronavirus cases have been reported in the county. Seventeen people have died from COVID-19 and 193 people have recovered.

APRIL 19 2:08 p.m. — The Houston Health Department is reporting 130 new coronavirus cases, bringing the city total to 2,821.

Sadly, three more people—  all with underlying health problems— have also died from the virus. These individuals are a man in his 70s, one in his 90s and another man, also in his 70s.

These men all passed away on the same day, April 16, the health department said. The death toll for the city of Houston is now 34.

APRIL 19 11:29 a.m. —  Democrats close to reaching deal with GOP on coronavirus response bill | Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday his party is close to coming to an agreement with Republicans regarding a new coronavirus response bill. Schumer said Press Release Distribution Service In Houston Sunday on CNN that the Democrats have made "very good progress," and the Senate leader said that he is hopeful they can "come to an agreement tonight or early tomorrow morning.” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday the GOP is close to reaching a deal with the Democrats. The bill would expand on the Small Business Administration’s loan program. Read more national/world updates here.

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