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June 22, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 22

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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 2: Minimize ALL Contacts

Harris County's color-coded COVID-19 threat system is currently at orange. People should minimize all contacts to stay healthy, save lives, and ensure our local economy recovers in a way that is sustainable.  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!

Houston sets free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of June 22 

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners announced the free COVID-19 testing site schedule for the week of June 22, 2020. Learn More

Mayor Turner and volunteers distribute thousands of face masks

Mayor Sylvester Turner joined volunteers to distribute thousands of face coverings Saturday afternoon as businesses throughout Houston prepare to enforce a new Harris County mandate requiring customers to wear masks.  Read the News Release

Mayor Turner and mayors from around the state send a message to Texans: "The virus is here. Infections are rising. Hospital capacity is filling up."

Mayor Sylvester Turner joined mayors from eight other Texas cities, urging Texans to remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus. Read the News Release

Mayor Turner Accepts Donation of 500,000 Reusable Face Masks From Focus Humanitarian USA and Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US

Mayor Turner encourages all Houstonians to wear a mask to protect each other from COVID-19. This donation of half a million masks will help get them into the hands of anyone who needs a mask. Read the News Release

Mayor Turner Joins "Big City" Texas Mayors in urging Gov. Abbott to allow local control on face masks to protect citizens from COVID-19 spread

As doctors in Houston and across the state express concern about the number of rising COVID-19 cases, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined other Texas mayors in a letter urging Gov. Greg Abbott to give them the authority to require face masks to protect their cities from coronavirus.  Read the 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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