2019 Novel Coronavirus

Harris County Summary

Harris County Public Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTexas Department of State and Health Services and other health partners in monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will promptly report any confirmed cases in our jurisdiction.

Our department receives daily updates from hospitals, medical facilities, and other health officials across Harris County as well as the City of Houston regarding testing, confirmed cases, and the development of COVID-19. For these updates, refer to the Harris County / Houston COVID-19 Cases Dashboard.

HCPH encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 if you feel you have it or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. Take the Houston and Harris County Public Health self-assessment tool.

HCPH COVID-19 Outreach Information

HCPH is providing community education through digital materials, virtual presentations, videos, and flyers. These are provided for personal use or may be used for your business and employees depending on the nature of the material.

Please email [email protected] for any questions.

*Educational booths and presentations are only available outside of Houston city limits.

What is COVID-19?

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and there are now millions of reported cases around the world, including the United States.

How do people become infected?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

In some cases, infected persons may not show symptoms or may have only mild symptoms. Learn more about the spread of this coronavirus that is causing COVID-19.

How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often 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
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Are you interested in ways to help your community during this time? Learn more about COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities with the Harris County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) here.

Hand Washing Tips


COVID-19 Sign Language


COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs 

HCPH COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit

In an effort to educate and share awareness regarding COVID-19, we encourage you to utilize and share our social media images through your own social media platforms. HCPH Social Media Toolkit (Updated 5/20/2020, 3pm, CST) 

Hospital Information and SETRAC Data

The SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) has developed an online dashboard to help track general, ICU and ventilator usage throughout our region. For more information, click here

Reporting COVID-19 Violations

Reporting Violations

Violators of this order are subject to fine up to $1,000 or up to 180 days in jail. To report non-essential entities violating current public health orders, residents can call 832-839-6941 or file online at https://form.jotform.com/201244433797154.

Price Gouging 

Charging an exorbitant price for fuel, food, medicine, or another necessity during the Corona Virus emergency is price gouging and unlawful. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has the authority to file civil actions to stop these kinds of activities. If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for necessary goods or services such as medicine, fuel, food, or, lodging, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to them respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, please contact the office of the Harris County Attorney at [email protected].

For additional information, please visit https://www.harriscountycao.org/coronavirus-consumer-complaints

Questions Regarding Stay Home, Work Safe Order

On Tuesday, March 24, County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a Stay Home, Work Safe order outlining measures to protect public health. The violators of this order are subject to fines and up to 180 days in jail. To report non-essential entities violating current public health orders please email [email protected].

Latest Information on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

HCPH is working with public health organizations at the local, state, federal, and global levels to monitor and educate the public about COVID-19.

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

For additional resources, please visit the links below:
2019 Novel Coronavirus (DSHS)
2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (WHO)