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NEWS Houston Ballet cancels rest of 2019-2020 season, needs support

Houston Ballet has announced the cancellation of the rest of its 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Performances effected include the rescheduled dates for Forged in Houston (May 21-31), Romeo & Juliet (June 4-14) and From Houston to the World, which was in the works to be rescheduled later in the season. Additionally, its community performances at Miller Outdoor Theater and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and much-anticipated tour to Spain this summer have also been canceled.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we have canceled the rest of the season,” says Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM. “We have survived against the odds before, and we will again. We are dedicated to returning stronger than ever and bringing the art of ballet back to the city of Houston and our community. We are with you and cannot wait to see you on the other side of all of this.

The board of trustees announced at the end of March that Houston Ballet’s full-time staff and dancers will be paid for the remainder of the season, but the nonprofit will need the support of its patrons more than ever to recover from this continued crisis. Houston Ballet estimates revenue losses between $2.9-4.9 million this season, but will have a better understanding of the financial impact of these cancellations in the next few weeks. Season ticket subscribers and single ticket holders are urged to donate their tickets back to organization to help decrease the impact.

“The simple act of not requesting a refund from us at this time would allow us to keep as much as $1.3 million of already earned revenue,” says Houston Ballet Director of Marketing and Public Relations Angela Lee. “Our subscribers and ticket holders will play a crucial role in how this turns out, and we are forever grateful to our patrons who make this choice.”

The organization won’t return to the Wortham Theater Center’s stage this season, but it continues to entertain and educate the public. Like many industries, the nonprofit is dedicated to finding new ways to reach the community.

“We are truly in unprecedented times,” says Houston Ballet Executive Director Jim Nelson. “The COVID-19 crisis is something we have never seen in our lifetime, and its implications for our arts community are staggering. However, until we can come together again, we must find new ways for us to connect and create community even in the absence of shared physical space. Houston Ballet has mobilized the entire organization to create original online content to ensure we stay connected to audiences, students, patrons and the community.”

Houston Ballet launched HB at Home, a series of short videos aimed to keep fans connected, on its IGTV and Facebook pages two weeks ago. Followers of the accounts have been treated to offstage looks into the lives of dancers, as well as free ballet classes tailored to being homebound. The videos include uplifting messages and tips for staying positive and active while social distancing. Houston Ballet will expand its offerings in the coming weeks with exclusive content for its subscribers, until it can return to the stage for its 2020-2021 season this September.

Season subscribers and single ticket holders for Houston Ballet’s 2020 performances of Forged in Houston, Romeo & Juliet and From Houston to the World can visit HoustonBallet.org or call 713.227.ARTS(2787) for more information on next steps.

NEWS Houston case data now included in Harris County dashboard

The Houston Health Department reported today two new coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths. Eight people have died in Houston due to COVID-19.
The two deaths reported today were a man in his 40s who died March 27 and a woman in her 60s who died April 1. All eight Houston deaths were adults with underlying health conditions.  
Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.
The department also announced today 81 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 587.   
Starting today, the department will release information about the City of Houston’s COVID-19 cases through Harris County’s dashboard. Information such as totals, gender, age groups, recovery status and deaths will update daily at 4 p.m. and is available online at www.ReadyHarris.org or HoustonEmergency.org/.
The department reports cases involving residents of the city of Houston, including the incorporated areas of the city extending outside Harris County. Harris County Public Health reports cases involving residents of unincorporated Harris County.
Houstonians may visit www.HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.

NEWS Harris County Flood Control District begins final phase of Berry Bayou Tributary Project

The Harris County Flood Control District has begun construction on the final phase of a channel conveyance improvement project for a Berry Bayou tributary formally identified as HCFCD Unit C106-03-00, located in the Sims Bayou watershed of southeast Harris County.

This long-running project is replacing the existing earthen ditch with a concrete-lined channel and low-flow section at the bottom to improve stormwater conveyance in this flood-prone area. The site for the final project phase extends approximately 4,800 linear feet along Berry Bayou tributary C106-03-00, from Shawnee Street to Interstate Highway 45 south of Edgebrook Drive near Aves Street.

On January 7, 2020, Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a $6.48 million construction contract to L.N. McKean Inc. Work began in April and is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.

This is the fourth and final phase of a project that began in the 1970s and involved the entire C106-03-00 channel, from its confluence with Berry Bayou (C106-00-00) north of the city of South Houston, to IH-45. Work was completed in January 2020 on Phase 3 of the project, from the South Houston city limits to Shawnee Street. Channel conveyance improvements work together with construction of the South Richey Stormwater Detention Basin on Berry Bayou at South Richey Street, completed in 2016, to improve stormwater drainage. Stormwater detention basins take in and hold excess stormwater during heavy rain events, releasing it slowly as stormwater levels in the channel recede. The goal of the Berry Bayou Tributary C106-03-00 project, when all phases are complete, is to improve the flow of stormwater and reduce flooding risks and damages for nearby residents and businesses.

"Thanks to strong public support, we are entering the homestretch of a massive, multi-pronged effort to improve the flow of stormwater along Berry Bayou tributary," said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. "We can't control frequency and intensity of rain in Harris County, but we can prepare our infrastructure to work swiftly, predictably and effectively, bringing some peace of mind to those who live in flood-prone areas," she continued.

The Harris County Flood Control District provides flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. With more than 1,500 bayous and creeks totaling approximately 2,500 miles in length, the Flood Control District accomplishes its mission by devising flood damage reduction plans, implementing the plans and maintaining the infrastructure. To learn more about the Flood Control District, visit www.hcfcd.org/.


NEWS COVID-19 testings now at all Legacy Community Health Clinics

Legacy Community Health clinics now all have the capability for COVID-19 testing for those who meet the current criteria. Based on CDC guidelines, that includes anyone with a chronic illness or underlying condition that results in a suppressed immune system who is also exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Legacy also continues to offer adult and pediatric primary care and sick visits, HIV/AIDS care, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccination, immunization, free HIV and pregnancy testing, and telehealth visits for pediatrics, behavioral health and some adult primary care services.

“The safety of our staff and patients is the utmost priority, so we have changed processes and operations to ensure those who are well are protected as much as possible from those who are sick,” says Dr. Vian Nguyen, chief medical officer for Legacy Community Health.

Underlying conditions or those who are immunocompromised can include pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or a transplant recipient.

Currently, locations in Houston open for testing (and other health services) include: Legacy Bissonnet, 12667 Bissonnet,; Legacy Fifth Ward, 3811 Lyons Ave; Legacy Mapleridge, 6550 Mapleridge Street; Legacy Montrose, 1415 California; Legacy Northline, 5598-A1 North Freeway; Legacy San Jacinto, 4301 Garth Suite 400, Baytown; Legacy Santa Clara (East End), 5616 Lawndale; Legacy Sharpstown, 6677 Rookin; and Legacy Southwest, 6441 High Star.

It is not necessary to call ahead of coming in to any of the clinics to be screened for COVID-19. Locations and their hours of operation may change, but are always updated at www.legacycommunityhealth.org. Patients can also call 832-548-5000 with questions or to make an appointment.

New patients who come to our clinics to be tested will go through the new patient process, including going through Legacy’s Eligibility Department for those who are under- or uninsured. If an appointment has not been made, walk-in appointments can be accommodated depending on capacity or an appointment can be made within the next 24 hours.

NOTE: Test results are currently expected in 10-14+ days, according to Legacy’s third-party lab vendor.

Legacy accepts most HMOs/PPOs, Medicaid and CHIP. Legacy also utilizes a sliding scale fee to lower the cost of services for uninsured patients.

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