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September 14, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 34

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!

Uno de los retos más grandes para detener la propagación del COVID-19 es la propagación asintomática. Eso significa que algunos de nosotros tenemos COVID-19 pero no tenemos síntomas. Se estima que más de un 40 por ciento de las personas con COVID-19 no saben que están infectados y están propagando el virus sin saberlo.
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Voluntary antibody testing survey underway

By choosing to participate, you will provide vital information on who has been exposed to the virus in the past. Our goal is to better understand COVID-19 in order to mitigate its spread. Having as much information as possible about the prevalence of exposure to the COVID-19 will help in making decisions about public health measures.  Learn More

Houston's health authority, Dr. David Persse, encourages Houstonians to participate in our voluntary antibody testing survey in the latest edition of Better. Together. with Dr. David Persse.

COVID-19's impact on Black Americans

Houston Health Department Assistant Director Marlene McNeese recently joined the Black AIDS Institute for a critical conversation featuring the nation’s top public health expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. 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. Getting tested empowers you to protect your family and community. 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
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Dr. David Persse: The public face of Houston’s fight against COVID-19

If you're seeing Dr. David Persse on TV, something bad has happened. As the Houston Health Department’s health authority, he usually crops up on the news only during a crisis. Read More in Houstonia

Preventing opioid overdose deaths during  pandemic

Houstonians are facing the collision of two health emergencies: the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening opioid addiction. We and our partners are increasing overdose prevention services during the pandemic. Learn More

BELIEVE IN WE: Let’s make Houston better by working together. This requires everyone do our part to stop COVID-19. We will overcome this pandemic, but we must all adopt behaviors that protect ourselves and those we love. #BetterTogether

More progress with positivity

Keep up the good work, Houston! Reducing the city's postivity rate from more than 20% to 6.6% in just over a month 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 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 for our weekly positivity rate update. 

Wearing your mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDC’s Dr. Paige Armstrong shows you how to correctly put on and take off your mask.

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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