More than 344,000 Harris County residents have required medical treatment for COVID-19. More than 3,000 of our neighbors have died from the disease so far. The pandemic has taken a historic toll on our community and our resources. It is the greatest healthcare challenge of the 21st Century.
HOW TO AVOID
CATCHING AND SPREADING
The best way to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19 in Harris County is to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with anyone outside of your immediate household. If you must leave your home for work or necessities, do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following these recommendations from Harris County’s healthcare community:
Healthcare experts expect COVID-19 vaccines to become widely available in 2021. The vaccine makes residents immune to catching the disease.
COVID-19 causes symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell in some patients. Other patients experience no symptoms. Getting a COVID-19 test from a healthcare provider is the only reliable way to know if you’re carrying and spreading the virus.
When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself from the droplets that spread COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears one, and their use is mandated inside public buildings and businesses.
Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away (about two arms’ length) from people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Soap and water can stop germs from spreading f rom one person to another and throughout our community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Harris County Public Health offers a free COVID-19 hotline where you can get the facts on testing, symptoms, and public health resources. Call us now for answers you can trust.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.