Earlier this afternoon, Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Lina Hidalgo held a joint press conference to provide an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The mayor also announced that he will sign an emergency health declaration, which will provide the City flexibility in drawing down state and federal resources if necessary.

Additionally, the Houston Health Department announced new recommendations aimed at reducing risk of COVID-19 exposure, including closing the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo for the remainder of the rodeo season. A ticket refund process is in progress and will be communicated by the Rodeo once it is finalized. All City-produced, sponsored and permitted events in the month of March, including CIP meetings and the Tour De Houston bike ride have also been postponed.

People at higher risk are encouraged to avoid being around large groups of people. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
  • People who have weakened immune systems.
  • Pregnant women

Additional Recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

I remind all residents to remain informed through official resources such as the Houston Office of Emergency Management’s coronavirus webpage (link here) and Harris County Public Health (link here).

The Houston Health Department has also produced guidelines for schools, employers, and community events (English and Spanish, additional languages available on the Houston OEM webpage: http://houstonemergency.org/covid19)

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, the Houston Health Department has established a Call Center: 832-393-4220. Lines are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This email is meant to inform and to remind all our neighbors of things we can do to control the spread of COVID-19: washing hands, avoiding handshakes, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, etc.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact my office at 832-393-3011.

En español.