Updates- March 18, 2020
Mayor Turner seeks federal support for the restaurant, bar and nightclub industry
While the City of Houston works to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Sylvester Turner urges federal leaders to assist restaurant, bar, and nightclub owners and employees who may be devastated by a loss in business. Read the News Release
Houston Health Department announces five new COVID-19 cases
The Houston Health Department announced five new positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID -19) cases on Wednesday, bringing the city’s total to 10. Read the News Release
SBA disaster recovery assistance- informational webinars
The SBA Houston District Office provides information to help small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of Coronavirus. SBA offers information on how to apply and where you can get additional help with preparing and applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Learn More
Updates- March 17, 2020
Rumors of health dpartment testing sites opening March 18 are FALSE
The Houston Health Department is working with community partners to establish COVID-19 testing sites. Details will be announced when finalized.
Despite reports, the sites are NOT scheduled to open on March 18. Please DO NOT show up to a location you may have heard is a testing site. You will not be tested, and your presence could unintentionally put others at risk, cause delays, and interrupt the healthcare professionals who are working expeditiously to open the sites.
People currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms need to contact their medical provider.
Houston Public Library extends suspension of onsite service through March 2020
All Houston Public Library locations will be closed through the end of the month in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closures come in response to directives from Mayor Sylvester Turner as well as Harris County and federal guidelines. Read the News Release
City extends Emergency Disaster Declaration; Mayor Turner cancels city events through April and announces new public meeting guidelines
In a special called meeting Tuesday morning, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council members voted to indefinitely extend the proclamation of a local state of disaster due to a public health disaster for the City of Houston. Read the News Release