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Over 80 people test positive at Texas City nursing home

APRIL 3 10:11 p.m. – A Texas congressman is saying another stimulus package could be passed by Congress. "We're talking about it right now," said U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas.

Allred said Congress is already discussing another stimulus package to give more direct payments to individuals, help small businesses and assist towns with populations under 500,000. Read more here.

APRIL 3 7:45 p.m. – Disney is shifting the release dates for nearly all of its big-budget movies, and it's going to send one straight to its streaming service. Six Marvel movies are also affected. See the new schedule.

APRIL 3 7:35 p.m. – H-E-B and Walmart are implementing Houston News new rules to slow the spread of the coronavirus. H-E-B will begin providing masks and gloves to all its employees who are working. Read more here.

Walmart, meanwhile, is limiting the number of customers it will allow into its stores at a given time. Read more here.

The changes at both stores go into effect Saturday, April 4.

APRIL 3 6:54 p.m. – Rosenberg Mayor William Benton has amended the city's disaster declaration to require social distancing. Everyone within the city limits must now adhere to the CDC's guidelines of not gathering in crowds of 10 or more people and keeping at least six feet of space between people not residing in the same household. People who don't follow the order, Benton noted, face up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail or both.

APRIL 3 6:32 p.m. – The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation donated 100,000 brand new children’s books to HISD this week.

The Foundation bought the books to help bridge the learning gap while schools and libraries are closed across the city due to the coronavirus.

The books were distributed to families of children in pre-K through eighth grades across 50 HISD schools as they picked up curriculum and instructions packets for distance learning.

APRIL 3 6:03 p.m. – Galveston City Council has extended several emergency orders until April 30 to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those include the city's stay-at-home order, public beach closures, and restrictions on hotels, short-term rentals, bars and restaurants. Here's more information on the orders.

APRIL 3 6:03 p.m. – The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has extended its deadline for people wishing to refund their carnival tickets. The new deadline is April 10 at midnight. You can request a refund or roll your tickets from this year to the 2021 HLSR. Tap here for more details.

APRIL 3 5:59 p.m. – After a brief hiatus, the Houston Independent School District is reopening its food distribution sites beginning Monday, April 6. Dozens of distribution sites will open next weeks at HISD campuses across the city. Read more here. Here's a list of the sites.

APRIL 3 5:53 p.m. – Galveston County is reporting six new positive cases, bringing the county's total to 136. Today's count doesn't include the 83 cases tied to The Resort, a Texas City nursing home, that were announced today. County officials said those numbers will be included in Saturday's count.

APRIL 3 5:26 p.m. – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Press Release Distribution Services In Houston Friday the county, including Houston,  has reached a grim milestone with more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases. Thirteen people in Houston and Harris County have died. 

"We know it is easy to feel powerless against this virus, an invisible force responsible for so much hardship across our region. The truth is, we are not powerless. For those of you at home, distancing and protecting your community - thank you. That simple act of staying physically apart from others is making a difference by saving lives - among the vulnerable and strong alike. Those same actions will help us get past this surge in cases sooner so that we can go back to normal and our economy can get back on track as soon as possible. As we have with every other challenge we have faced, we will emerge stronger when this is over- but the only way to get there is together.”

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