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June 30, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 23

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Houston, Harris County COVID-19 data

Houston and Harris County COVID-19 data is combined to give people a full visual overview of what’s happening in the entire county, including the city of Houston. The dashboard is available at

Level 1: Stay Home

Level one signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening and  testing and contact tracing capacity is strained. At this level, people should minimize contacts with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.  Learn More

Working with health department contact tracers helps slow the spread

Making a choice to work with contact tracers helps protect you, your family and your community by slowing the spread of COVID-19. Learn More

The Houston Health Department and our partners are committed to supporting our communities in our efforts to build a healthier Houston.

We’ve expanded our capacity in order to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and address the challenges it’s creates. From providing information and services that meet basic needs, to contending with more complex issues like contact tracing, we’ve shown our dedication to effective crisis-management on every level.

We've made great strides in our response to COVID-19 and aim to continue our proactive and responsive approach as the circumstances evolve. 

Health and Safety Policy and Face Coverings Order

On Friday, June 19, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order requiring businesses to generate, post, and implement health and safety policies which include, at a minimum, a requirement that workers, customers or visitors wear face coverings. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 22.  Learn more at

Free COVID-19 Testing

Visit to learn how to get tested for COVID-19. With sites across Houston, there's one near you!

As Houstonians, our response to COVID-19 has been dramatic, by every leader, in every sector of our community, from schools to faith leaders to policy makers. This is a devastating virus that has affected our communities in ways we could never have imagined. While we may not have all the answers today, we are taking the next steps, the right steps, the best steps that we can take — together.

Houston Health Department, partners announce
free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of June 29

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners announced the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of June 29, 2020. Read the News Release

HPARD announces plan for Summer Enrichment Program

The Houston Parks & Recreation Dept. announced its plan for the Summer Enrichment Program. The program will operate out of 19 City of Houston Community Centers which provide enough space for physical distancing to ensure the safety of youth participants and staff.  Read the News Release

Houston Health Department expands testing capacity at mega sites

The two Houston Health Department FEMA-affiliated free COVID-19 mega testing sites at Butler and Delmar Stadiums can now collect up to 650 specimens per day. The increase from 500, announced by Mayor Turner on June 29, allows the sites to serve more Houstonains as cases rise in the city. Learn how to get tested at


Do you part by wearing a mask or cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn More

Share your COVID-19 experience 

The COVID-19 Registry is a research study that provides real-time information to health departments on the spread of COVID-19, who is being affected, and how.  Take the Survey

Call center hours of operation

The Houston Health Department's COVID-19 call center hours change to 7 a.m. to 4 .p.m. Monday through Saturday, effective May 26, 2020. 

The center is available to provide access codes for the department's two community testing sites and help you find other testing options to meet your needs.

Call the center at 832-393-4220.

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The Houston Health Department (HHD) works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services
benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extends into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region.

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