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April 28, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 13

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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

Harris County Face Covering Order (April 27-May 26)

Harris County issued an order mandating everyone over the age of 10 wear a face covering when in public, with exceptions. The order is effective April 27 - May 26, 2020. 

Learn More about the order at

Learn more about Face Coverings 

Free mask distribution

Each district and at-large council member was provided 1,000 surgical masks to distribute to their most at-risk residents.  Who Is My Council Member? | News Release 

Latest Houston COVID-19 updates

Houston Health Department expanding COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities

The Houston Health Department is bringing COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities through new mobile testing and partnerships with community organizations.  Read the News Release

Mayor Turner joins local celebrities to launch the Mask Up! campaign and announce mask distribution sites 

Mayor Sylvester Turner this week announced MASK UP!, a grassroots public health information campaign to encourage Houstonians to safeguard themselves from potential exposure to COVID-19.  Read the News Release

Houston Health Department expanding nursing home COVID-19 outreach

The Houston Health Department is expanding its efforts to protect nursing homes, assisted living centers and similar facilities against COVID-19.  Read the News Release

Free COVID-19 testing

Houston's FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are now available to who wants to get tested, regardless of symptoms. Call 832-393-4220 to be provided an authorization code and instructions on where to go. Find Testing Sites

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m/ 7 days per week.

The number is 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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