Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Launches Coronavirus Rumor Control Resource For Residents

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A new rumor control webpage, available now on, will serve as a one-stop-shop to help residents navigate myths and facts regarding the virus. The page, developed in conjunction with Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will be updated with information to confirm or deny the veracity of information regarding the virus and direct residents to trusted sources for public health and safety information.

“Residents should know that we are working closely with federal, state, and local officials to monitor Coronavirus. There are currently no cases of Coronavirus in Houston, Harris County, or Texas. Should any cases occur, however, we will notify the public and advise any additional steps residents should take to protect themselves if necessary,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH Executive Director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health. “Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of the entire community. Though Coronavirus is in the news, we encourage residents to continue taking common-sense steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu by covering their cough, contacting your healthcare provider or staying home if you are sick, and washing your hands.”

Currently there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Harris County, and the threat to Harris County residents remains low. Harris County Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State and Health Services, and other health partners in monitoring the developing outbreak and will promptly report any confirmed cases in our jurisdiction.

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