In the News
Feb 17, 2020
The Harris County Animal Shelter received a $200,000 grant and the Montgomery County Animal Shelter received a $300,000 grant as part of the Petco Foundation's "Love Changes Everything" campaign. The money will be used to help both shelters save more animals, officials said.
Daily Times Leader
Feb 14, 2020

Speakers include Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health Environmental Services and Harris County Local Health Authority.

The Katy News
Feb 12, 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.

Community Impact News (Spring|Klein)
Feb 11, 2020

In response to a global coronavirus outbreak, Harris County launched a rumor-control website and increased Harris County Public Health’s budget for fiscal year 2020-21 in hopes of giving the agency greater capacity to deal with such diseases.

Feb 11, 2020

Hidalgo said a new rumor control webpage, now available on, will serve as a tool to help Harris County residents navigate facts and fiction regarding the virus.

Fox 26
Feb 11, 2020

Harris County Public Health reiterates that there are no cases of the novel coronavirus in the county as of today.

Houston Chronicle
Feb 11, 2020

Harris County Commissioners Court is poised to approve a $3.2 billion general fund budget Tuesday, which includes modest boosts for the sheriff’s office, as well as the public health and pollution control departments.

Houston Chronicle
Feb 11, 2020
“If there is an immediate concern about the prevailing infectious disease of the day in our community, it is influenza,” Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, told the editorial board.
Feb 10, 2020

“The folks on social media, please be responsible with that information,” said Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health.

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