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Umair Shah On Departing Harris County Public Health (Nov. 18, 2020)

On Wednesday’s show: The county’s top public health official explains why he’s leaving the job, and we learn about the extra precautions Texas universities are taking in the face of increasing cases of COVID-19.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County Public Health’s executive director Dr. Umair Shah announced Tuesday that in December he’ll leave the department he's led since 2013 to become Washington state's new Secretary of Health. He joins us to talk about the decision and the state of the pandemic here as he leaves.

Also this hour: As college students head home for Thanksgiving, some Texas universities are taking extra precautions in the face of increasing cases of COVID-19, while others are, well, not doing very much at all. We'll learn more.

Plus: What do you do when you're tasked with driving revenue for the city through major events — events that you’re not allowed to hold because of the pandemic? The acting head of Houston First explains.

Then we discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

And we reflect on how Star Trek has influenced some real-life explorers here in Space City over the years.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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