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Coronavirus Resources

Official Orders and Updates from the State of Texas, City of Houston & Harris County

The Department of Emergency Management is monitoring information being released by the Texas Department of State Health Services. DSHS has stated that only persons in groups 1A and 1B are currently eligible for vaccinations and that medical providers will contact eligible persons directly. Please refer to the DSHS website​ for the latest information and for eligibility requirements. 

Recent orders related to COVID-19 affecting Houston-area and Harris County residents are as follows:

Harris County

A new mask order is in effect for Harris County starting 6/22/20. Details can be found at Ready Harris.

Executive orders related to mandatory cloth face coverings and Stay at Home, Work Safe directives are detailed on the Ready Harris Stay Home site. Additional details related to Harris County’s response to COVID-19 and other issues are available at Ready Harris Alerts.

Recent orders include the following:
Mandatory Face Masks for 30 Days
Stay Home, Work Safe

City of Houston

Information regarding the City of Houston’s response to COVID-19 is available on its Coronavirus News & Alerts page. Additional details related to resources, statements from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and city initiatives can be found on the city’s news site.

State of Texas

The Texas Governor’s Coronavirus Resources & Response site contains Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent executive orders related to COVID-19 and other updates.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has recommendations for Isolation Precautions for COVID-19.

Harris County Public Health advises the public to call their local health department for questions as information and guidance may vary. Regional resources for both clinical-related questions and general questions about the virus are available below:

Coronavirus Prescreening Form (provided by Harris County Public Health and Houston Health Department)

For Harris County Residents:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)\COVID-19

Sunday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Harris Health System
Clinical-related questions
Sunday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

For City of Houston Residents:
Houston Health Department
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, 9a.m–3 p.m.

For Fort Bend County Residents:
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

​For validated information regarding the Coronavirus, please refer to official government websites such as:

Last updated 3/22/2021 5:35 AM