Friday, March 20, 2020

HCPH | Harris County COVID-19 Case Count (FRI-18:30)

As of March 20, 2020 (6:30 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 3 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 36 positive cases, including one COVID-19 related death, reported on March 19, 2020. These new cases do not include those within the City of Houston.

HCPH’s new case details:
  • A 50-60 year-old woman, who lives in the Northeast quadrant of Harris County- (community spread)
  • A 20-30 year-old woman, who lives in the Southwest quadrant of Harris County- (travel-related)
  • A 40-50 year-old man, who lives in the Southeast quadrant of Harris County- (investigation pending)

Harris County now has multiple cases without travel history and we do not know the source of transmission. This implies that COVID-19 is spreading in our community. Community spread makes it harder to identify and contain the virus since anyone can become infected. We need the public’s help to prevent further community spread. Public health officials urge our residents to strictly follow the guidance provided earlier this week by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner until March 31, 2020 (unless otherwise noted):
  • Stay home if possible, do not make unnecessary trips, and work from home if possible
  • All individuals should practice social distancing if they have to be around other people 
  • All bars and clubs have been ordered to close
  • Restaurants can only serve food for take-out, delivery and drive-thru 
  • All gatherings should be cancelled or postponed

Please note, as testing capacity increases, so will the daily case counts. While 80% of individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover, they may spread the disease to people who are at high risk. High-risk populations are the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems. Remember, washing your hands is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community.