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Month 24, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 7
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COVID-19 Cases in Houston: 55

Stay home, Houston

The Stay Home, Work Safe Order requires people to remain at home or a place of residence, with exceptions for essential work and activities.

News Release  |  Read the Order

Guidance for all Houstonians

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining six feet of separation from other people as much as possible.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical care situations.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • Practice healthy hygiene habits:
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
    • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 frequently for updates.

COVID-19 call center open

The Houston Health Department is operating a COVID-19 call center for Houston residents who need information about COVID-19 or to be screened for the free Houston community based testing site.

Houstonians may call 832-393-4220 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Thank you...

to health departments,
to healthcare workers,
to first responders,
to grocery staff,
to pharmacy staff,
to retail staff,
to gas station staff,
to deliver drivers,
to everyone working to protect our community!

Your tireless efforts are saving lives.

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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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