Saturday, March 28, 2020

Houston Health Department confirms Houston's second COVID-19 death and 163 new cases reported today

The Houston Health Department reported today the second coronavirus (COVID-19) death in Houston.

The resident was a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions. She died at a local hospital Friday, March 27. Houston’s first COVID-19 death, also an elderly woman with underlying health conditions, occurred March 24.

“We are saddened by the death of a second Houstonian, said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. “We extend our condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones. Our city unfortunately will likely see more deaths as this pandemic touches the lives of more people in our community. We urge people to follow the Stay at Home, Work Safe order to lower the number of deaths and illnesses as much as possible.”  

The department launched an investigation to identify potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.

The department also announced today 163 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 232. The jump in cases is a result of a batch of reports received by the department from area medical providers.