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June 1, 2020
COVID-19 Special Edition 19

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Houston, Harris County COVID-19 data

Houston and Harris County COVID-19 data is 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

Birth and death record lobby open, by appointment only

Our bureau of vital statistics lobby is now open to serve your birth and death record needs. Please be aware everyone who enters City of Houston facilities will be screened for fever to protect us all from COVID-19. Learn More

Houston Health Department, agency partners announce free COVID-19 test sites for upcoming week

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing new sites offering free COVID-19 tests during the first week of June.  Read the News Release

Municipal Courts extends suspension of all jury trials to August 2, 2020 to continue the promotion of safe social distancing in response to COVID-19

In an effort to continue to encourage the health and safety of the public and court staff members from the spread of the COVID-19, the Municipal Courts Department extended the suspension of all jury trials through August 3, 2020. Read the News Release

City of Houston Municipal Courts Department extends court reset period to each Saturday in June at 1400 Lubbock and resumes normal operations June 1, 2020

The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department (MCD) is extending the court reset period for cases scheduled during the Stay Home, Work Safe Order.  Read the News Release

The mental health impact

Help the Houston Health Department understand the mental health impact of COVID-19. 


Do you part by wearing a mask or sloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn More

Protecting through partnership 

Residents of nursing homes are especially vulnerable to severe outcomes from COVID-19. That's why we partnered with the Houston Fire Department to proactively visit 300 Houston long-term care facilities.  Learn More

Disease detectives in outbreak overdrive 

With nearly 60 million passengers traveling through Houston airports, and Galveston serving as a major port for cruise ships, Houston is a prominent destination for global travel. As cases of the novel coronavirus continued to spread worldwide, local health authorities knew it was only a matter of time before COVID-19 would come to town.  Keep Reading

City safety personnel step up during pandemic

Each night when Cory Worden returns home from work, he removes his shoes and leaves them outside, puts his clothes in the washer, wipes down his keys and cell phone with alcohol, and then takes a shower before greeting his wife and children.  Keep Reading 

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

New call center hours

The Houston Health Department's COVID-19 call center hours change to 7 a.m. to 4 .p.m. Monday through Saturday, effective May 26, 2020. 

The center is available to provide access codes for the department's two community testing sites and help you find other testing options to meet your needs.

Call the center 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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