COVID-19 Updates: City of Houston, Harris County, Montgomery County

Releases below from Montgomery County Public Health District, Harris County Public Health, and the Houston Health Department:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, can confirm Montgomery County now has 65 positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2 from yesterday. We can also announce another recovery! Case # 3 has fully recovered from COVID-19.

Moving forward, we will update cases here: https://mcphd-tx.org/coronavirus-covid-19/confirmed-cases/.

The chart will be updated daily by 3:00 p.m. Right now, Montgomery County has 376 negative results and 135 pending tests.

HARRIS COUNTY -- As of March 29, 2020 (3:00 p.m.), Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has 27 new cases of COVID-19, which brings the total to 240 positive cases, including our second COVID-19 related death. HCPH is also confirming that 34 of our patients have recovered. These new cases do not include those within the City of Houston.

Harris County Public Health updates our case counts daily at 3:00 p.m. and keeps an ongoing list of case statuses on our website. For the complete list of Harris County confirmed case information with status details, please visit http://www.hcphtx.org/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus/Harris-County-COVID-19-Confirmed-Cases.

Harris County now has community spread. Community spread refers to cases without travel history and we do not know the source of transmission which makes it harder to identify and contain the virus. We need the public’s help to prevent further community spread.

Public health officials urge our residents to strictly follow the guidance provided March 24, 2020 by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner until April 3, 2020 (unless otherwise noted). For the complete guidance order from Harris County Judge, please visit https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home.

CITY OF HOUSTON -- The Houston Health Department announced 54 new positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Sunday, bringing the city's total to 286. Houston's COIVD-19 deaths remain at two as no new deaths were reported Sunday.

The City of Houston is developing an online dashboard to provide an overview of the city's COVID-19 cases, such as total cases, gender, age groups, recovery status, and deaths.

Investigations conducted by the department will 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.

Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.

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