Fort Bend County Judge KP George is looking to extend the local emergency declaration on COVID-19, while he continues to make a decision on whether or not to allow schools to reopen in August.

George and county commissioners will vote on the emergency declaration at Tuesday’s commissioners’ court meeting via videoconference, starting at 1 p.m.

The declaration, which began in March as the coronavirus began to hit the county, was extended last month with a 3-2 vote that split down party lines.

George joined his fellow Democratic commissioners – Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant – in approving the extension, mostly because the declaration helps continue to bring emergency funding to help fight the virus in Fort Bend County, such as testing materials.

But the two Republicans on the court, Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales and Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, want to know when the emergency will end so that the county can transition back to normal operations.

However, the count of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Fort Bend County continue to rise. As of this weekend, the county has 6,530 cases and recorded its 90th person to die from the virus.

The emergency declaration will also give George the authority to keep schools closed as a way to fight the spread of the virus.

Lamar Consolidated ISD and Needville ISD has made plans to open their schools on Aug. 24, while Fort Bend ISD, Katy ISD and Stafford MSD have decided to offer online learning for at least the first few weeks of the school year.

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