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Month 11, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 15

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Houston, Harris County combine COVID-19 data

Houston and Harris County COVID-19 data is now 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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Visit to learn how to get tested for COVID-19.  

Houston Health Department, partner agencies to set up COVID-19 test sites in four new vulnerable communities

Four vulnerable Houston communities will benefit from easier access to free COVID-19 tests as the Houston Health Department and its agency partners set up new testing sites for this week.  Read the News Release

Houston's COVID-19 response focuses on access and equity, contact tracing

Access and equity are the focus of the Houston Health Department’s COVID-19 testing strategy moving forward, Mayor Sylvester Turner and COVID-19 Recovery Czar Marvin Odum announced Thursday. The health department will also significantly increase its contact tracing workforce to monitor and contain disease.  Ready the News Release

Mayor Turner announces citywide celebration for 2020 high school seniors

Houston Celebrates H.S. Seniors 2020 will take place at each of the school districts' high schools and will feature special guests, celebrity appearances, and other surprise moments. The mayor and superintendents will work together to create a collective, but personal celebration that salutes the achievement of all graduates and reflects the unity of the city. Read the News Release

Houston City Council approves Mayor Turner's proposed rental relief program

Today, the Houston City Council approved a $15 million rent relief fund to help Houstonians make their payments amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Read the News Release

Help us understand the mental health impact

Help the Houston Health Department understand the mental health impact of COVID-19. Take the Survey


Do you part by wearing a mask or sloth 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

COVID-19 call center

The Houston Health Department COVID-19 call center is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call us 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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