This page updated: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 4:45pm. The information from Texas Medical Center at the links below is updated daily.
Information at the links below is provided and updated daily by Texas Medical Center, in collaboration with its member institutions and City of Houston and local county officials to track the daily changes in diagnosed cases, use of ICU and hospital facilities, number of deaths, and other factors.
All Bars Closed Again Due to Order by Texas Governor Abbott
As of noon on Friday, June 25, 2020, all bars and establishments that make 51% or more of their income on alcohol sales must close for the time being, on the order of Governor Greg Abbott.
Meanwhile, many restaurants have voluntarily and temporarily closed in response to an employee who tested positive for COVID-19, or in an effort to test all staff before reopening.
Also on Friday, June 25, 2020, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a Stay at Home order for Harris County, citing that Houston’s COVID-19 threat level has reached Code Red.
Masks Protect the Community
Masks are mandated for entering all business across the City of Houston and Harris County (through at least Tuesday, June 30, 2020) in order to reduce the spread of the virus which is growing faster in Houston than the rest of Texas.
Local business owners, many already struggling, face a $1000 fine if they do not enforce this ruling. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has confirmed that local governments can mandate that counties and cities can enforce this rule and has asked that all Texans wear a mask in public, as Texas and Houston has quickly become a hotspot for cases of COVID-19.
Given the surge of cases in the Houston area, it is expected that the mask order will be extended into July.
Tracking COVID-19 in the Greater Houston Area
Click on the respective links below to see the most up-to-date numbers from Houston’s Texas Medical Center in easy-to-read charts. Most are updated at least once per day.
Proposed Early Warning Monitoring and Mitigation Metrics – Status updates on case growth trends, ICU occupancy, daily cases, PPE needs, and testing capacity
COVID-19 Positive Case Growth Trend – Daily growth trend of positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the Greater Houston area
TMC Daily New Covid-19 Hospitalizations – Number of new daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas Medical Center
Current COVID-19 Related Patients through TMC System – Total number of hospitalizations, current hospitalized, discharged & deaths in Texas Medical Center system
Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions
Businesses around Greater Houston and the State of Texas are opening up and individual social distancing practices vary from location to location. Masks are still strongly encouraged and recommended to help reduce the spread of the virus and help protect your neighbors.
Remember to follow reliable sources regarding COVID-19 in Houston. Harris County Public Health, Houston Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are trusted sources regarding all COVID-19 information.
More Coronavirus & COVID-19 Resources
Click below to see our additional resources for managing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic around the Greater Houston area.