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September 21, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 35

Better. Together. 

We are better when we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can put Houston on the road to recovery. Thank you for making Houston Better Together!


JUST IN: Many testing sites closed due to Beta

Many Houston Health Department-affiliated COVID-19 testing sites are closed until further notice due to Tropical Storm Beta.

The following sites are OPEN Monday, Sept. 21:

  • United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Road: Drive-thru | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | No appointment required
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott Street: Drive-thru | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | No appointment required
  • Houston Community College - Southeast Campus, 6815 Rustic, Street: Drive-thru | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | No appointment required
  • Christia V. Adair Park, 15107 Cullen Blvd: Drive-thru | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Appointment required via
  • Ibn Sina North Shepherd Community Clinic, 5012 N Shepherd Drive: Appointment required by calling 832-426-3760.
  • Ibn Sina Wilcrest Community Clinic, 11226 S Wilcrest Drive: Appointment required by calling 281-495-7462.
Updates will be provided at and @houstonhealth on Facebook and Twitter as information is available. 

Three Microbiologists: Public health workers making an impact in Houston

Kadeshia Earl spends hours with her colleagues, Dr. Xi Pan and Laura Duarte, in a lab with samples of a deadly virus. Keep Reading

Si tiene contacto cercano con una persona que tiene COVID-19 o usted resulta positivo, usted necesita ponerse en cuarentena o aislarse. Aunque similares, estos son dos términos diferentes que requieren que la persona tome una acción específica para detener la propagación. Aprende Más

Using data to inform the COVID-19 response

Our own Rahmatu Mansaray, MSN, RN will present in the Nurse Talks Empowerment Series by Texas Nurses Association. 

Using Data to Inform the COVID-19 Response: September 24, 2020 | 6 p.m. CST | Register today:

Outreach teams in the field 

Houston Health Department outreach teams continue hitting the streets to provide lifesaving COVID-19 prevention education. Learn More

Antibody testing survey

By choosing to participate, you will provide vital information on who has been exposed to the virus in the past.  Learn More

Free + Fast + Safe

Getting tested for COVID-19 in Houston is easier than ever. It's free, you get results within four days, and the sites are safe with no exposure. Visit or call 832-393-4220 for a site near you.
The Harris County Area Agency On Aging is offering COVID-19 in-home health testing. To qualify, you must be an older adult 60 years and over, a person with disabilities and/or a veteran; all must be home bound.
📲Intake number: 832-393-4301
📲Toll free: 800-213-8471
Learn More

As more of Texas reopens, Dr. David Persse urges Houstonians to keep taking the precautions that got us here — or we risk again losing ground to this virus. Wash hands, mask up, social distance, and get tested to crush COVID-19 and put Houston on the road to recovery. Learn More

More progress with positivity

Reducing Houston's postivity rate from more than 20% to 6.1% in less than two months is remarkable progress, but we must keep going! Wash hands, wear a mask, social distance, and get tested to continue driving it down.

Visit our social media channels at at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 for our weekly positivity rate update. 

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. People should minimize contacts with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for essential needs. 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

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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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