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10:20 a.m.

Orders to stay at home, safe-work in Harris County have been officially extended until June 10, a spokeswoman with the district judge’s office was confirmed Friday morning.

The order has been amended to comply with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s reopening plan and encourage residents to continue to stay at home and practice as much social distance as possible.

Hidalgo said the extension was intended to keep the public aware of the virus and encourage citizens to continue to follow state and federal health protocols.

“I do not want people to get the message that we are finished and the virus is over and we succeeded – that did not happen,” Hidalgo told a news conference on Thursday. “We need the whole community in it.”

Read Full order on the Harris Ready website.

9:00 a.m.

Thursday marked the third day in a row that Texas reported 1,000 more new cases of coronavirus, according to the Houston Chronicle data team.

The total number of states increased 2.1 percent to 53,333 cases and the number of deaths increased 2.5 percent to a total of 1,471.

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The Houston area count has increased by 4.3 percent, up to 14,548 cases. The death count in the region rose 13, with a total of 323 deaths. Harris County saw a 4.3 percent increase in cases and now at 10,283 in total. County Judge Harris Lina Hidalgo told a press conference on Thursday that the figures in the district were a reminder that the virus was still a threat.

“In Harris County, including the City of Houston, we have passed the bleak threshold of 10,000 cases,” Hidalgo said. “We still have to protect our community.”

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