Houston Resources: A Guide for Locals with Coronavirus Related Concerns
Updated: Mar 16
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is described as “novel” because it is a new strain in a family of viruses that we have all seen before. According to the WHO, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from the common cold to much more serious diseases including two other coronaviruses that have caused major outbreaks in recent years: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Confirmed cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. More information can be found on the World Health Organization website.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw in the garbage
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Keep frequently touched surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.) clean using a disinfectant. A full list of products that have proven to kill the Coronavirus can be found in USA TODAY.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you or a family member is sick, stay home except to seek medical care.
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Additional information can be found on the CDC website : CDC Prevention Guidelines
Greater Houston Partnership
The Partnership has developed a resource guide to provide businesses and individuals information regarding novel Covid-19. Resources include safety tips, workplace guidelines, links to public health organizations and the latest news. Visit the Partnership's website to learn more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
How to protect yourself and disinfect surfaces
For more information on coronavirus questions, residents are encouraged to contact local authorities. The following counties in the Greater Houston area have call centers available to address any questions or needs that arise as this crisis unfolds.
Houston Health Department
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m-3 p.m.
Harris County Public Health
9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Fort Bend County Health and Human Services
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Montgomery County Public Health District
Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-noon, closed daily noon-1 p.m.
Galveston County Health District
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.