Coronavirus In Greater Houston: Live Updates

We’re providing live updates of COVID-19 in the greater Houston area.

The Harris County Jail in downtown Houston.


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Updated 9:40 a.m. Monday

A second coronavirus patient has died in Harris County, county health officials announced Monday. It’s the fourth death in the Houston area. Houston reported its second COVID-19 death Saturday.

The woman, between 50 and 60 years old, lived in northwest Harris County, and had underlying health conditions. She was reported to have had exposure to a confirmed case, and was tested positive after death.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the patient's family and friends," read a statement from Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. "We must do everything we can to protect ourselves and loved ones around us. Stay home as much as possible, continue to practice social distancing and every day precautionary measures."

Updated 6:25 p.m. Sunday

Galveston has shut down its public beaches in response to COVID-19, city officials announced Sunday.

The order went into effect at 2:45 p.m. Sunday and will last for seven days until April 5. It also restricts traffic on the beach west of the end of the Seawall.

As of Sunday afternoon, Galveston County had reported a total of 70 cases of COVID-19.

"The City of Galveston had attempted to avoid closing public beaches because it is our desire that residents have an area to exercise and get fresh air while maintaining safe social distancing," the city wrote in a press release. "However, it is clear that there are many people visiting from other areas in defiance of local, state and national travel recommendations and/or restrictions. As a result, the City of Galveston must restrict access to the public beach."

Those who violate the orders will face a Class C misdemeanor, according to the city.

Updated 3:00 p.m. Sunday

The first Harris County inmate has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The 39-year-old man was booked into jail on March 17. He was put into quarantine on March 26, after medical staff noted he had an elevated temperature and pulse, according to the sheriff's office. Officials say he is currently in stable condition.

Around 500 inmates were potentially exposed to the virus and 30 are currently showing symptoms, according to the sheriff’s office. Five tests have come back negative so far.

"The Harris County Sheriff's Office medical staff and detention staff are taking every possible precaution to manage the spread of COVID- 19 among our nearly 8,000 inmates," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a press release.

Updated 6:22 p.m. Saturday

Houston reported its second COVID-19 death Saturday, a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.

The health department said it has launched an investigation to identify people she may have had contact with.

“Our city unfortunately will likely see more deaths as this pandemic touches the lives of more people in our community,” Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department, said in a press release. “We urge people to follow the Stay at Home, Work Safe order to lower the number of deaths and illnesses as much as possible."

Health officials also announced 163 new COVID-19 cases in Houston. This more than triples the previous amount, bringing the total to 232 cases within the city.

Officials say the increase is due to the health department receiving a batch of reports from local medical providers.

Updated 3:56 p.m. Friday

Fort Bend County announced its first coronavirus-related death Friday.

The county Health & Human Services department said the unidentified woman in her 70s had "significant pre-existing medical conditions," and was hospitalized prior to her death. Doctors said COVID-19 was a contributor to her death, according to the county.

She died at a local hospital late Wednesday, and Fort Bend HHS received test results Friday confirming she had COVID-19 before passing away.

Employees at two different immigration detention facilities in the Houston area have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Two security officers at a detention center in Conroe tested positive, as well as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee at a facility in north Houston. One case was confirmed by GeoGroup, which operates the facility. The other was confirmed by someone with direct knowledge of the case.

No detainees have tested positive in the Houston area so far.

Advocates are asking that immigrants be released from detention to avoid the rapid spread of the disease in a confined space.

Fifteen people in the Harris County jail are under quarantine, according to civil rights groups who have asked a federal judge to stop the county from jailing people who can not afford cash bail.

The Texas Civil Rights Project, Civil Rights Corps and law firm Susman Godfrey LLP filed a temporary restraining order in a Houston federal court that would order the county to stop detaining people in the Harris County jail who could not pay bail. The groups, who previously filed a lawsuit seeking to eliminate the county’s cash bail system for felonies in January of 2019, said 15 people in the Harris County jail are in quarantine after displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

The test results are pending, the groups said.

Updated 1:20 p.m. Friday

Montgomery County has issued a stay-at-home order, following similar orders from Harris, Galveston, Brazoria and other area counties. The order also comes just two days after Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said he would not sign such an order.

Keough said non-essential businesses will close through April 12, starting midnight Friday. His order also goes a step further than the one in Harris County, setting a curfew starting from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, for non-essential workers.

“I’ve attempted at every time to make patient and measured decisions, and write patient and measured orders,” Keough said. “However given the most recent information concerning the spread of the virus, and the concern for loss of life for our county and for our region, I am amending my original order to become the Montgomery County ‘stay at home, stop the spread’ order.”

But Keough on Tuesday said the county already had enough protections, and that adding more regulations would infringe on the public’s rights.

“To add an additional order on top of that to potentially restrict us and more of our freedoms? That’s not what we’re doing here in Montgomery County,” Keough said on Tuesday.

Updated 6:35 p.m. CT Thursday

The City of Houston announced its first COVID-19 death Thursday, a woman in her 60s.

Dr. David Persse with the Houston Health Department said the woman had traveled and likely been infected before returning to Houston.

"This is a diagnosis that was made at the medical examiner's office. So this individual was not recognized as a COVID-19 positive person until an autopsy," he said at a press conference.

Officials said the woman had underlying health issues and died at a local hospital on Tuesday, March 24.

Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher is self-quarantining while awaiting the results of her COVID-19 test, according to a press release from her office.

After reporting flu-like symptoms, including a 101-degree fever, to her physician, Fletcher was given a test and is working from home in the meantime.

"Representing Texas' Seventh Congressional District and making sure our community has the resources it needs to combat coronavirus together is my highest priority," she said in a press release.

At least two House members have tested positive, and several others are in self-quarantine, according to Reuters. The House is set to vote Friday on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, and leaders are hoping for a voice vote to avoid members having to travel to Washington, D.C. to vote.

Updated 4:26 p.m. CT Thursday

People looking to help the region’s most-vulnerable communities during the coronavirus pandemic can now donate to a local philanthropic fund, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Thursday. United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have set up a new philanthropic fund, the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund, to provide local nonprofits financial aid, in order to help those most economically impacted by the coronavirus in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties.

Grants are not available to individuals. Instead, money collected by the fund will be distributed to nonprofits, who will then provide any resources to the community. A list of nonprofits was not immediately available Thursday.

The Houston Endowment donated a $1 million starting gift to the fund, and will donate $1 for every $4 from the public, up to $1 million.

Hidalgo also said she was looking into drafting an order that would allow the “compassionate release” of people in the Harris County jail who have been accused of low-level offenses, an idea that has been pushed by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in recent days. Hidalgo said no such order has been drafted yet, and that her office was looking into the legality of such an order.

Statewide, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday requiring anyone flying in to Texas from or through an airport in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days. “The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas,” read a statement from Abbott.

Updated 2:40 p.m. CT Thursday

The Houston Independent School District on Thursday said it has now canceled its food distribution program indefinitely, after learning that a person at the Welch Middle School site was under self-quarantine after being potentially exposed to COVID-19. The person is not positive for the disease at this time, but as a precaution, everyone at the site has been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The district said social-distancing at the site limited public exposure, but the district said it is working with the Houston Health Department to identify students, parents or staff that should be tested. The cancellation is in effect until the district said it can reevaluate its process.

Families who need food can use the City of Houston's curbside meal program at 47 locations across the city, or visit, the district said.

The move comes as more and more Houstonians are staying home, foregoing work after an order limited leaving the home to essential services only.

If Houstonians heed that order and stay home for another month-and-a-half, the area will max out at a total of 3500 cases, according to a study from UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston. But, that’s only if local governments keep “strict interventions” in place for another month and a half, Eric Boerwinkle, dean of the school, told Houston Public Media’s Davis Land. Otherwise, Boerwinkle said cases expected in the area could be orders of magnitude higher.

“All of us need to realize that this isn’t a flood,” Boerwinkle said. “Houston and Harris County have experience with hurricanes for example, where most of us think about getting through it in a weekend, stocking up for water maybe a week – we’re in this for the long haul.”

Boerwinkle’s team has been modeling the spread of COVID-19 as it’s emerged globally and here in Houston. In models where the county held off on stay-at-home orders, final cases were as much as 43 times higher, Boerwinkle said. His team is currently working on models of how different end dates for the order would affect the spread of infection.

Hospitals resources meanwhile remain stretched thin, but Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Thursday approved a waiver for Houston Community College to start manufacturing protective face shields using its own 3D printers, laser cutters and machining equipment to help out. THe waiver would categorize the school as “Essential Critical Infrastructure,” so that it can produce shields for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Health System, and Baylor College of Medicine.

Once fully operational, two HCC sites will partner with local nonprofit TX/RX Labs to hopefully produce more than 30,000 face shields per day, with no more than two qualified staff members at each location, Hidalgo said. The Memorial Hermann Health System currently has access to 600 face shields per day using TX/RX Labs, she said.

Updated 8:00 a.m. CT Thursday

The Houston Independent School District is canceling its food distribution program Thursday and Friday as officials ramp up precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Texas’s largest school district had been supplying meals curbside to thousands of students and families for the past two weeks.

In a blog post Wednesday night, district leaders wrote that the safety of the community, staff and volunteers is their top priority. District leaders say they will re-evaluate the food delivery process.

HISD urged families in need to utilize the Houston Food Bank and 47 curbside meal programs operated by the City of Houston.

Updated 7:15 p.m. CT Wednesday

Fort Bend County will open its first COVID-19 testing site on Thursday, March 26, officials announced Wednesday evening.

The site will be run by OakBend Medical Group, and will be open from 8 am-1pm. The testing will be charged through insurance. For those paying out of pocket, the test costs $100 and must be paid with credit or debit card prior to arriving to get tested.

Individuals must also go through a screening process first, which includes setting up a Telehealth visit by calling 281-238-7870.

Test results are expected to take 24-48 hours. Details on screening criteria are available, here.

Brazoria County announced a "stay-safe-at-home" order, effective 6 p.m. Thursday through April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

The order requires county residents to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, limiting outside travel to essential activities and businesses.

"You may still go to the grocery store. You may still go to the pharmacy to pick up your medicines. You may still go on your walk in your neighborhood, go biking, hiking and jogging. We encourage you to do those things, just don't do them in groups, do them solitarily," County Judge Matt Sebesta said at a press conference announcing the order.

This follows similar orders issued by Fort Bend and Harris Counties earlier this week.

A reference guide for residents is available, here. The full Brazoria County stay-at-home order can be viewed, here.

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Texas Wednesday.

Updated 2:25 p.m. CT Wednesday

President Donald Trump on Wednesday approved a disaster declaration for Texas, allowing emergency federal funds for the state in light of the coronavirus. The move comes after requests over the last few days from Gov. Greg Abbott and senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Cornyn and Cruz pushed for the president to support the request earlier Wednesday, saying it would allow FEMA to provide personal protective equipment, medical and testing supplies, medical response personnel, and hospital beds for the state.

The declaration makes federal funding available for crisis counseling for people across the state. It also provides funding to the state, eligible local governments and certain nonprofits for “emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance,” for all areas impacted by COVID-19.

"Texas is aggressively pursuing and implementing all necessary strategies to limit the impact of COVID-19, and I thank President Trump for his swift action to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Texas," read a statement from Gov. Greg Abbott. "The President's declaration opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety."

Updated 1:37 p.m. CT Wednesday

As coronavirus cases in the Houston area continue to rise, city and health officials said Wednesday they’re worried about their ability to test patients with current hospital resources. While there are several COVID-19 testing sites across the area, Houston's official testing site in partnership with FEMA could be closed tomorrow if a shipment of personal protective equipment for health care workers doesn't arrive soon, they said. Without another shipment from FEMA, city officials said Wednesday they were reluctant to open a second testing site.

Mayor Sylvester Turner also attempted to clarify who were classified as “essential” employees in the region under Harris County’s new stay-at-home order, saying that anyone with questions could call 832-839-6941 for answers about essential businesses in Harris County. The mayor also said the Greater Houston Partnership was working on guidelines to help businesses determine whether or not work is essential.

But Turner stressed that all employees of the City of Houston were still considered essential under the order.

"If there's any question in regards to my 20,000 city employees, to determine whether or not you're working for an essential employer, let me just save you the time,” Turner said. “You don't have to call the number. The answer is yes, you are."

Updated 12:10 p.m. CT Wednesday

Oil and gas activity declined dramatically in the first part of 2020, according to companies responding to the Dallas Fed Energy Survey. Those companies say that a break-even price is about $50 a barrel, and with oil where it is, almost no business will be able to make a profit off new wells. Many told the survey they're already cutting capital spending. Experts tell Houston Public Media energy reporter Kyra Buckley to expect layoffs and bankruptcies, especially for small and mid-size producers.

The coronavirus outbreak has also led to a steep decrease in customer demand for flights, and in North Texas both American and Southwest Airlines are cancelling thousands of flights, according to our Texas Newsroom partners at KERA. Starting Friday, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will cancel around 1,500 of its almost 4,000 daily flights through mid-April — or nearly 40 percent. Southwest had previously announced it was reducing capacity by at least 20 percent from mid-April through early June.

Meanwhile, Fort Worth-based American Airlines anticipates reducing next month’s domestic capacity by 20 percent. American will be reduce its international capacity by 75 percent through early May. It will continue to operate one flight daily from DFW International to London and three flights per week from DFW to Tokyo.

Updated 6:46 a.m. CT Wednesday

The first Texas prisoner to be diagnosed with COVID-19 has been confirmed.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Tuesday a 37-year-old man with a preexisting respiratory condition is being treated in Galveston at the prison system's hospital.

The prisoner was first evaluated at the Lychner State Jail and then at Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston before being transfered to Galveston. TDCJ says he is in good condition.

Prisons and jails are known to be incubators for disease, the Texas Tribune reports. Cleaning and sanitation supplies are often hard to come by.

Updated 3:56 p.m. CT Tuesday

As new commercial tests start to come in, Houston is preparing for a slew of new coronavirus confirmations.

The Houston health Department on Tuesday announced 31 new COVID-19 cases in Houston, a spike that comes as a result of the increased testing. As of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the batch of confirmed reports from commercial laboratories brought the city’s total to 55. The city also announced a woman between 15 and 25 years old is considered recovered from the disease, after testing negative twice more than 24 hours apart. Two other people recovered Monday, the city said.

Harris County meanwhile released the text of its new stay-at-home order Tuesday afternoon. It lays out essential jobs that may remain open, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and includes both NASA and the Port of Houston. Restaurants, coffee shops and bars that serve food may remain open for the purposes of take-out or delivery service, as may liquor stores.

The order also says people experiencing homelessness are exempt from the order, but said that people using shared or outdoor spaces should try to maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Governmental and other entities were urged to provide shelter to the homeless as soon as possible.

You can read the entire order on the Ready Harris website.

Also this week, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department started distributing free lunches across the city, as part of a program to help feed kids during the coronavirus outbreak. The curbside meal program gives kids 18 and younger a snack and lunch Monday-Friday from 1-3 p.m. The program is starting with 50 meals per site, but may increase to up to 200 per site based on participation, the department said.

At the Love Community Center on West 12th Street, at least one park-goer was impressed by the city’s efforts. Bailey Tate said he went by the park to grab lunch and saw the table set up.

“We just came here to have lunch and we saw that the facility is giving away free food,” Tate said. “Which is a really awesome thing for the public who can't go out and get food for themselves during this crazy time that we're in right now.”

Updated 2:02 p.m. CT Tuesday

Cigna and Memorial Hermann have extended their contract together through June 30, in response to the coronavirus.

Cigna, the nation's fourth-largest insurance provider, has been locked in a contract dispute with the hospital for months, a standoff that threatens to leave thousands of patients in Houston out of network if the two can’t reach an agreement. The main dispute stems from hospital services, the prices of which have gone up dramatically nationwide.

But the two companies say they’ve made progress on a new deal in recent weeks. And in a joint statement Tuesday, the two companies said they’re now focused on doing what they can to stop the spread of COVID-19. “We recognize that these are unsettling times for our community, and we want to reassure Memorial Hermann patients and families, as well as Cigna customers, that there will be no disruption in their access to care during this time,” the statement read.

Updated 12:07 p.m. CT Tuesday

Texas Democrats called for a statewide stay-at-home order similar to ones in Harris County and other parts of Texas, in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday.

The letter recommended an executive order to limit leaving the house to essential workers and services, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Texas, and hospitals warn they are unable to handle a projected increase in positive cases.

“We recognize a statewide order of this magnitude will have an unprecedented impact on Texans and their livelihoods; we did not come to this decision lightly,” the letter reads. “Each and every one of us are fully prepared to provide employees, employers, and families the necessary relief and support such an order will require. However, despite the hardship, the best science we have is clear that this is the best way forward for our state and our country.”

The letter is signed by 65 members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.

In addition to Harris County, Austin also issued a stay-at-home order Tuesday morning, as did San Antonio and Bexar County. Dallas and surrounding areas issued their own orders this week. And more locally, Galveston and Brazos counties drafted similar orders.

State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said cities and counties around the state who’ve taken such action have made the right decision, and that the state should follow suit.

“In the absence of uniform statewide direction, their actions will make a positive impact and we thank them for their work and the difficult decisions they are having to make,” read a statement from Turner.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge limited all restaurants to deliveries and take-out orders. On Tuesday, the cuonty went further by issuing a stay-at-home order for all county residents.

Updated 9:50 a.m. CT Tuesday

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Tuesday ordered county residents to stay home to stop the spread of the coronarvirus, limiting all outside travel to necessities like groceries and essential work.

The "stay home, work safe order," which goes into effect at midnight, will last until at least April 3, and only allows going out in public for groceries, pet food, doctors visits, household items, and certain outdoor activities like exercise, though playground equipment, benches and exercise equipment are not allowed.

The order also follows guidelines set by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which limits work to 16 "essential" sectors, including communications, critical manufacturing, chemical, energy, and food and agriculture, among others. The hope is to "maintain the supply chain of these essential sectors," Hidalgo said.

Updated 5:30 a.m. CT Tuesday

Galveston County issued a stay-at-home order Monday evening as multiple cities and counties across Texas consider similar measures.

Galveston County residents are ordered to remain at their place of residence except for “essential activities” through April 3.

Harris County and Houston leaders have a press conference planned for 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. The announcement comes after officials declined Monday to issue a stay-at-home order but said they were considering the move.

Houston Public Media will carry the press conference live on News 88.7. Listen here.

Updated 4:30 p.m. CT Monday

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday said abortions can not be performed in the state except when the mother's life is in danger, in an interpretation of Gov. Greg Abbott's order postponing all procedures "not medically necessary."

Abbott's order was issued to free up resources for patients with COVID-19, and Paxton said that order covers abortion clinics in the state.

"No one is exempt from the governor's executive order on medically unnecessary surgeries and procedures, including abortion providers. Those who violate the governor's order will be met with the full force of the law,” a statement from Paxton’s office reads.

The move was criticized by advocates for abortion rights.

"Abortion is essential healthcare, but especially in the wake of the public health crisis we are facing now," read a statement from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "Abortion is a procedure where time is of the essence and cannot be delayed without profound consequences. State leaders should ensure that Texans who need care can access it with the least amount of obstacles and medically unnecessary visits possible."

"All patients accessing abortion care deserve their care without delay," said Tara Pohlmeyer, communications manager at Progress Texas. "Access to reproductive health care is especially important during a public health crisis. Instead of trying to distract with ideology, state lawmakers should focus on prioritizing public health and safety measures."

Abbott meanwhile sent a letter to President Donald Trump Monday asking for a presidential disaster declaration, saying that "the ongoing COVID-19 incident is of such severity and magnitude that supplementary federal assistance is necessary to save lives, to protect property, public health, and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a larger disaster."

And on Monday afternoon, a Texas Southern University staff member was diagnosed with COVID-19, the school's first confirmed case, university interim president Kenneth Huewitt said Monday.

The staff member is hospitalized receiving treatment. TSU said it is working closely with public health officials to reach anyone who had contact with the unidentified person, including students, faculty and staff. Those people will be placed under a mandatory self-quarantine to monitor for symptoms, Huewitt said.

Updated 2:30 p.m. CT Monday

When asked Monday about a potential lockdown, Mayor Sylvester Turner said that he and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo were in contact, but again declined to commit to such an order.

"We'll have additional conversation before the day is out, but we are all thinking through what the next steps should be,” Turner said.

Turner also said that the city will "take the necessary steps to blunt the progression of this virus such that our healthcare delivery system is not overwhelmed."

San Antonio and greater Bexar County, meanwhile, were drafting their own such order Monday after, according to reporting from Texas Public Radio.

Updated 1:35 p.m. CT Monday

As the coronavirus epidemic in Houston entered its third week and Austin mulled declaring a shelter-in-place order, pressure mounted Monday on Harris County and Houston leaders to consider a similar order in the area.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo addressed a so-called stay-at-home order Monday morning, saying the county is considering more measures to keep people safe, but that no decision has been made yet.

Harris County now has two COVID-19 testing sites open. Hidalgo said the sites will only test people who have gone through a two-step screening process. Anyone with symptoms like a dry cough and fever should first go online and fill out the county's screening form. If the person is at risk for COVID-19, the online screening will be followed with a phone call. If deemed necessary, that person will be sent for in-person testing.

Each site can test up to 250 people per day. Over the weekend sites were open to first responders and healthcare workers.

Meanwhile Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced a total of four employees tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday. None of the four diagnosed employees have contact with Harris County jail inmates, and there are still no confirmed cases among the jail population, Gonzalez said.

Hidalgo on Monday said judges and law enforcement were trying to come up with more ways to reduce the jail numbers.

“That is very much an issue that we can continue to work on, to continue to find what solutions there may be because, to the extent that we reduce the number of people that are all in one place, we're able to spread folks out, to ensure that if a group of people or folks were to get sick, that there's room for them to quarantine,” Hidalgo said.

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