Tropical Storm Ida + Jobs Rebounding + COVID-19 Pediatric Death

Happy Friday, people of Houston! Let’s keep you all updated on what’s happening locally to start well informed today.

First of all, today’s weather: If you go out, bring a raincoat or umbrella for morning and afternoon rain. High: 89, low: 76.

Here are the top stories in Houston today:

The Houston Health Department confirmed the city’s first pediatric COVID-19 death with no underlying conditions. A boy between the ages of 10 and 19 died in a hospital in July. He was not vaccinated and it is not known whether he is infected with the delta variant. (Houston Patch) Interfaith Ministries and Volunteer Houston belong to several non-profit organizations that collect donations to help resettle estimated 2,500 Afghan refugees in the Houston area in the coming months. Everything from food to furniture is needed, so see how you can help with the effort. ( Tropical Storm Ida formed in the Caribbean Sea on Thursday and is expected to make landfall on the US Gulf Coast as a major hurricane Sunday night. The latest forecasts point to a landing in Louisiana, but the National Hurricane Center warns that: Texans need to watch the storm, to be sure. (Houston Patch) Houston-based developer Midway broke ground on a new site called eastern river past Buffalo Bayou in the Fifth Ward. The development will provide a mixed-use space with a walkable outdoor environment that includes living areas, retail space and offices, creating a vision of Houston’s own River Walk. (KTRK TV) Houston’s workforce took a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of jobs lost, but officials say the city is get going again on that front. The unemployment rate in Houston also fell in July. (CW39 Houston)

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Today in Houston

Enjoy BBQ and a range of local breweries – Pinstripes. (9 hours) SSA Work Incentives Webinar: Yes, you can work! — Houston/Harris County Homeless Coalition. (10 am) BlackTOP Money Management – Texas Organizing Project. (4 pm) Dance Open House — Vitacca Vocational School for Dance. (16:30) Peter Max’s The Retrospective: Back to Houston – Off The Wall Gallery. (5 p.m.) Rod Wave in Concert — City of Houston. (20 hours)

Houston Patch Notebook

Houston Astros: “Happy #NationalDogDay! Our team store is stocked with toys and dog merchandise, so be sure to stock up on some new gear for your four-legged friends.” (Facebook) Houston Texans: “Texans Players Meet the Media After #TexansCamp.” (Facebook) Houston Independent School District: “Take a tour of the impressive, revamped Bellaire High School.” (Facebook) Houston Health Department: “As of August 26, 2021, #Houston has a total of 240,115 cases of #COVID19. This includes 1,412 cases from the past 14 days that were not included in previous updates, 373 additional backlog cases, and the removal of 126 duplicates.” (Facebook) Houston Public Media: “LISTEN LIVE: Pentagon officials are about to provide an update on a terrorist attack outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan that has resulted in the deaths of at least 4 US Marines. | via NPR.” (Facebook)

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Now you are informed and ready to get this Friday off to a good start! I’ll catch up with you bright and early in the morning with your next update. If you enjoy these newsletters, consider bringing some more friends and neighbors. You can send them this link to subscribe.

Jeffrey Perkins

About Me: I was born in San Antonio, raised in Arkansas, but returned to Texas as soon as possible to attend Texas A&M University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Media Studies. I began my journalism career as a text editor at The Eagle in Bryan, Texas, in 2014 and later became a high school sports beat writer for the newspaper. My seven years at The Eagle have strengthened my passion for journalism and I love meeting people and telling their stories, both on and off the field. I’ve seen firsthand the importance of hyper-local journalism in a community, especially in an eventful 2020, as I helped with news coverage and design in addition to my responsibilities for covering high school athletics. I joined Patch in 2021 as Texas Field Editor for the Conroe-Montgomery County area. I welcome your questions, comments, and story ideas! Please contact me at or (479) 264-5801.

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