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May 5, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 14

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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

Cinco, Houston style!

How about some social distancing, Cinco de Mayo style? It's also Taco Tuesday, so you can order in and celebrate Cinco at home!

ICYMI: Mayor Turner launches campaign to support local restaurants

Houston Health Department expands, relocates COVID-19 testing sites

The Houston Health Department continues targeting free COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities.  Read the News Release

Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy supports access to adult literacy resources during COVID-19 crisis

During this challenging time with COVID-19, many of the most vulnerable in our community may be experiencing profound and significant changes in their lives due to loss of jobs and income. Read the News Release

City partners with organizations to provide support, create COVID-19 hotline and testing program for homeless population

Mayor Sylvester Turner joined representatives from several local organizations recently to provide details on how the city's homeless population is being helped during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Read the News Release

Mayor Turner and the City's COVID-19 Recovery Czar Encourage Houstonians to Use Caution as Businesses Reopen

As retailers and restaurants, along with other businesses prepare to reopen, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City's COVID-19 Recovery Czar, Marvin Odum, on Thursday encouraged Houstonians to practice caution before returning to a normal routine.  Read the News Release 

"Loving, gracious, compassionate and concerned"

In early March, Patsy Clapp drove to Tyler, Texas to visit a brother who has Parkinson’s disease. She left on March 5, spent three days in Dallas and returned to Houston on March 8.  Read the TMC News Article

Tracking the virus

Whether you call them disease detectives, contact tracers or epidemiologists, this group of public health professionals is vital to stopping outbreaks.
Watch the NBC Nightly News Story

Free COVID-19 Testing

Visit to learn how to get tested for COVID-19.  


Do you part by wearing a mask or cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. 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

COVID-19 call center

The Houston Health Department COVID-19 call center is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call us at 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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