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Statement from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Regarding COVID-19

Friday, February 28, 2020

We want to reassure our residents that their county governments are working closely with the local municipalities within our geographical boundaries and regions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as the flu and COVID-19. As the providers of public health throughout our counties, our local health officials are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation. We are coordinating with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies. 

The overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public within our counties remains low at this time. While we remain vigilant in our efforts to control the spread of the disease, there will always remain a probability that we may not be able to prevent this virus from reaching our community. We are also in the middle of flu season and it continues to take its toll. It is imperative for the public to do its part to help prevent the spread of ALL respiratory viruses by following these measures recommended by our health officials:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Health officials are urging people to stay home if you experience mild flu-like symptoms and to visit your primary care provider. If you have significant trouble breathing or other severe symptoms, you may need emergency care. If you are unsure, speak with your doctor. 

Should the public need any further information, feel free to visit https://www.cdc.gov/ or https://www.dshs.texas.gov/. By following these preventative measures and taking immediate action when you are not feeling well, we will all do our part to limit the spread of respiratory viruses.

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