Bay Area Edition | June 2020

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Senior care adjusts toward post-pandemicworld League City resident Natalie Fremont said her family has felt left in the dark. Coronavirus outbreaks have occurred at several Bay Area skilled nursing facili- ties throughout the past two months, and Fremont’s grandmother lives in one of the two League City nursing homes with conrmed cases—but the family cannot nd out howmany. BY COLLEEN FERGUSON SENI RS Several senior living facilities in Galveston County have had coronavirus outbreaks since the pandemic began. AND COVID19 IN THE BAY AREA 45 146 646 The Resort at Texas City Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

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42% More than of the cases in League City and

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Galveston County released the com- bined total of conrmed cases for both area facilities, as it didwith outbreaks in twoTexasCitynursinghomes,making it impossible to tell howmany cases there were where Fremont’s grandmother lives. Relatives repeatedly attempted to obtain specics, Fremont said, but were eventually told by a social worker that county health department regulations prohibit releasing more information to families. Health department ocials did not respond to a request for further comment on the data. There is a feeling of unease, with rel- atives unable to visit loved ones or nd out exactly how at risk they are, Fre- mont said. “We have a very vulnerable set of population that is locked away; nobody can really check on them, and the peo- ple that have the ability to check on them are not being forthcoming,” she said. Galveston County’s coronavirus mor- tality rate is about 4.2%, twice as high

The Cottages at Clear Lake

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Texas City are from nursing homes as of press time.

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League City 245 total cases

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Total population: 39,300 8 cases at Friendship Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 49 Friendswood total cases

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Total population: 106,200 104 cases at Regent Care Center of League City and The Cottages at Clear Lake

Total population: 47,900 92 cases at Ashton Parke Care Center and The Resort at Texas City

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12,000 residents 65 or older

7,200 residents 65 or older

6,000 residents 65 or older

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SOURCES: GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, U.S. CENSUS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

“I DON’T LIKE HAVING THIS TALKABOUT DISASTROUS FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CITY, BUT I FEEL LIKE IF WE DON’T HAVE IT NOW, IN 12 OR 18 MONTHS, WE’RE GOING TO BE HAVING THE SAME MEETING, AND YOU ALL ARE GOING TO SAY, ‘WHYDIDN’T YOU TELL US THAT IT COULD BE THIS BAD?’” CHRIS BROWN, CITY CONTROLLER As economic burdens from the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, Mayor Sylvester Turner called Houston’s scal year 2020-21 pro- posed budget the “toughest yet” in an announcement of its details May 12. The proposed $5.1 billion budget calls for 3,000 city employee furloughs Coronavirus fallout threatens Houston’s budget reserves CONTINUED ON 21 BY EMMA WHALEN

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