Thursday, March 26, 2020

Houston Health Department reports Houston's first COVID-19 death

 The Houston Health Department reported today the first coronavirus (COVID-19) death in Houston.
 
The resident was a woman with several underlying health conditions in the 60 to 70 age range. She died at a local hospital Tuesday, March 24. The department received test results today confirming the woman as a COVID-19 case.
 
“It’s unfortunate that our city has lost one of its residents because of the spread of this virus,” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department” “The City of Houston and the health department extend their deepest condolences to the patient’s family and friends.”
 
The department launched an investigation today 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.