3.23.2020 HARRIS COUNTY UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

3/23/2020

COVID-19 Testing: Supplies were received from the federal government to continue testing

  • People without symptoms are not being tested
    • Follow social distancing guidelines and stay at home when possible
    • If you don’t have symptoms, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19
  • People with symptoms need to be prescreened before testing
    • Step One: Assessment
      • Utilize the online self-assessment tool readyharris.org
      • If you don’t have internet access, call 832-927-7575 for assessment
    • Step Two: Additional Screening – Once you have gone through the screening process and are deemed “at risk”, you will be given a unique code and a phone number to call
    • Step Three: Phone Consultation
      • Call the given number from Step Two and complete phone consultation
      • If deemed “at risk”, you will be given another unique code and told where and when to get your test
    • Step Four: Testing  
      • Proceed to the testing facility at your scheduled time
      • Be sure to bring your unique code, a photo ID and insurance information
    • Step Five: Results will be available in 2 – 4 days

Social Distancing Guidelines:

  • Avoid crowds
  • Maintain at least 6’ of separation from other people
  • Stay at home whenever possible
  • Practice healthy hygiene habits
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash your hands
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Cover your coughs/sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes
    • Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, eat healthy foods and manage stress to keep immunity strong
  • Stay informed - Visit https://houstonemergency.org/covid19 frequently for updates

Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health, stated that half of the COVID-19 cases in Harris County are due to community spread, not exposure during travel.   Everything we are doing is to slow spread of the virus.  Please help by limiting interactions with others and stay at home as much as possible.