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July 13, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 25

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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

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 July 13

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of July 13, 2020.  News Release

City of Houston municipal courts extends suspension of all jury trials to August 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19

Due to changing circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage the health and safety of the public and court staff members from the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has extended the suspension of ALL JURY TRIALS through August 31, 2020 in conjunction with the Texas Supreme Court’s Order. The Court remains open for all other proceedings. News Release

Parks department suspends summer enrichment program operation due to changing circumstances regarding COVID-19

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to close all 19 Community Centers that have been serving as locations for the 2020 Summer Enrichment Program until further notice due to the rapidly changing circumstances and the accompanying situations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. News Release

Mayor Turner Announces Cancellation of Statewide GOP Convention to Protect the Health and Safety of Employees, Delegates and the Public During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner instructed the Houston First Corp. to exercise its contractual rights to cancel the Texas Republican Party's in-person state convention, which was scheduled to start on July 16 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. News Release

Houston Health Department launches emergency coronavirus outreach program for Hispanics

As COVID-19 cases surge across Houston, Hispanics are affected in disproportionately higher numbers. The Houston Health Department is launching a 21-Day Emergency Outreach program, “Better Together” (Todos Juntos. Mejor), to curb the ravages of the disease in this vulnerable population. News Release


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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