Houston Health Department reports 11 new COVID-19 cases

Mar 25, 2020
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department announced 11 new positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 66.   

Information about the cases’ gender, age range, travel and health condition is currently unavailable but the department will release it when obtained and verified.  

Investigations conducted by the department will identify potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

Social distancing guidance for all Houstonians:Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people.Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical care situations.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 with unwashed hands.Cover your coughs and 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.Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:Respiratory droplets released into the air by 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.Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.

Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more
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Mayor Turner asks Houstonians to follow “Stay Home, Work Safe” Order

Mar 25, 2020
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and local health officials Tuesday to announce details of a “Stay Home, Work Safe” Order issued by Harris County that requires individuals to remain at home or a place of residence, with exceptions for essential work and activities. 

View the complete City of Houston Order HERE.


“The Stay Home, Work Safe” Order is a more strategic way to blunt the progression of COVID-19, avoid overwhelming the health care system and balance the needs of families, businesses and the city’s economic realities,” Mayor Turner said.

The Order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 and will last until April 3 unless modified, to further contain the spread of COVID-19 in Houston and Harris County.  Essential businesses can remain open. The Stay Home, Work Safe Order exempts essential workers covered in 16 CISA categories. The list of critical business can be found here.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform “Essential Activities”People working from home do not have to shelter in place or lock down. Groceries stores, pharmacies, gas stations, parks and other areas will remain open. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed; restaurants will offer only food takeout and deliveryPeople should practice social distancing Social distancing guidance for all Houstonians: Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people.Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical care situations.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 with unwashed hands.Cover your coughs and 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.Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible. 
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
 Respiratory droplets released into the air by 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.Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.
 
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City of Houston accepts medical supplies donation to help curb COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
Mayor Turner accepts donation of $42,000 in medical supplies from Asian American Chamber of Commerce to help with City’s COVID-19 response
HOUSTON – The Asian American Chamber of Commerce donated today over $42,000 in medical supplies to the City of Houston following our urgent calls for personal protective equipment. The supplies will be instrumental in the City’s work to blunt the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees who may work directly with groups considered to be high risk.

The chamber of commerce donated the following:10,000 masks40 gallons of sanitizers825 isolation gowns270 goggles500 face shields250 boot covers3600 gloves

“I want to thank the Asian Chamber of Commerce for their generosity,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Despite some business losses and other challenges faced as a result of COVID-19, they never lost faith and continued to give back to the greater community.”

The supplies will be distributed to the Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department and the Houston Health Department, as well as other City of Houston employees.

Illy Jaffer, an employee with the Houston Health Department and an Asian American Chamber of Commerce board member, was instrumental in coordinating this donation.



“We as a collective body, including Chinese-American, Korean-American, Vietnamese-American, Japanese-Americans, Filipino-Americans and the various other AAPI ethnicities, are in support of helping Houston through this challenging crisis and will stand by Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston in whatever the needs are,” said Bin Yu, Asian Chamber Board Chair. “The City of Houston has been in support of our Chamber since our existence 30 years ago and we have built our campaign in rallying together where we titled it: ‘Together, Houston is Stronger!’

Contributors to the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s donation campaign include:Houston Tsinghua Alumni AssociationSino Professionals AssociationJJ Clemence Volunteer TeamChinese Civic CenterHouston Beijing University Alumni AssociationGeorge H.W. Bush Foundation – China CoronaVirus Action NetworkHouston Chinese AssociationChinese Association of Professional in Science and TechnologyIf you would like to donate supplies, please email donations@houstonoem.org.
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Mayor Sylvester Turner asks authorities to investigate false social media posts

Mar 23, 2020
Mayor Sylvester Turner asks authorities to investigate false social media posts; assures residents the city of Houston is not shutting down over the weekend
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Mayor Sylvester Turner addresses COVID-19 social media rumors and said he has asked authorities to investigate anyone intentionally sharing false information.
Fire Chief Sam Pena and Police Chief Art Acevedo also attended the news conference to assure the public that first responders are working to protect the community.  
HOUSTON –  The City of Houston is not shutting down over the weekend because of COVID-19. Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking Houstonians to get their information from credible sources such as HoustonEmergency.org and to ignore false social media rumors designed to create anxiety and confusion. 

“There is not going to be a lock-down, the city is not shutting down,” Mayor Turner announced during a Friday evening news conference. “There are only three people in the state of Texas who can make that decision, and that is the mayor, county judge, or governor. At this point, neither one has made the call. We are saying people should practice social distancing, wash their hands and use hand sanitizer.”

The mayor made the rare decision to address false social media reports in response to calls and questions he and other elected officials have received in recent days about a viral social media video and robocall.

The information shared in the social media post is false, and the mayor has called for an investigation into social media posts that are intentionally spreading misinformation about the City’s COVID-19 response.

The Houston Police Department launched an investigation at Mayor Turner’s request.

“Do not spread these social media posts; do not address these social media posts. Get your information from legitimate news sites or legitimate government sites. We’re going to continue to monitor false posts, and we’re going to charge the people responsible for making false posts,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

“Social media can be good, but  get your news from the television, the newspaper, or government officials,”  Mayor Turner said. “But the last place to get your information as it relates to this COVID-19 crisis is unverifiable social media.”

The City of Houston has announced several changes in recent days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid overwhelming the health care system with people who have tested positive.

On Friday morning, the first of four COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites opened to serve health care workers and first responders experiencing symptoms. Both groups have the highest risk of exposure and the potential to infect others. 

“This is something we all have in our control. We ask you to practice proper hygiene and limit physical contact to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Your Houston Fire Department is here for you. We’re in this together,” said Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.
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New Guidelines for Houston City Council Meetings

Mar 23, 2020
HOUSTON –  As the City of Houston and local health professionals work to blunt the progression of COVID-19, Mayor Sylvester Turner has implemented new guidelines for 
Houston City Council meetings to comply with social distancing requirements.

Members of the media will be asked to spread out in the council chamber instead of standing by the media tables. Media can also watch the meeting on the Houston Municipal Channel. (Comcast Channel 16)


The following guidance was shared Monday afternoon with Houston City Council Members

Tuesday City Council Public SessionsMeeting will begin at 2 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m.All proclamation presentations canceled Only 10 public speakers at a time will be allowed in the Council chamber. Overflow speakers will wait in the Houston City Hall Legacy Room.  
Wednesday City Council Agenda MeetingsOnly city council members will be allowed in the chamber. Council aides will asked to remain in their offices. Council Members  will be spaced around the horseshoe, at the podium, and at the media tables for the meeting. They can also sit in the audience, if they choose. Council Members will not use the touchscreens to request to speak. The City will use a paper process.    The General Services Department has been assigned to disinfect and sanitize all touch points inside council chambers including doors, doorknobs, door push-pulls, light switches, elevators, stair rails, restrooms, restrooms’ faucets and flushing handles. GSD  will also wipe down the Council table top in the horseshoe.

For more information and updates about COVID-19, please go to www.HoustonEmergency.org.
 
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Mayor Turner cancels city events through April and announces new public meeting guidelines

Mar 17, 2020
City extends emergency disaster declaration;
Mayor Turner cancels city events through April and announces new public meeting guidelines 
HOUSTON –  In a special called meeting Tuesday morning, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council members voted to indefinitely extend the proclamation of a local state of disaster due to a public health disaster for the City of Houston. The measure passed 15-1 with District G Council Member Greg Travis voting against it. The order allows Mayor Turner to make decisions to work with the county, state, and federal officials to contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread and protect members of the public.

“As a city, we must work together. This is a crisis that is going to be with us for several weeks, if not several months,” Mayor Turner said. “It is gravely important for us to take definitive steps to slow the COVID-19 spread. The measures we have put in place will help save lives.”Last week, Mayor Turner signed the disaster declaration, which was in effect for seven days. Mayor Turner also announced Tuesday:All city-produced, sponsored and permitted events are canceled through the end of April.Starting Tuesday, March 24, no proclamation presentations will be made during the city council public sessionThe city of Houston remains open for business. However, employees are encouraged to limit exposure to members of the public and handle business online, if possibleCity of Houston Department Directors have the discretion to allow employees to work from home/telecommute The Houston Public Library will remain closed through the end of March. The HPL suspension includes all public programs and events. However, free online resources and digital services are available 24/7 with a MY Link Library Card at www.houstonlibrary.org, including e-books and e-audiobooks, streaming TV, movie and music services, online classes and tutoring, and databases.On Monday, Mayor Turner ordered all city of Houston bars, nightclubs, and restaurant dining rooms in the city of Houston to close for 15 days.Restaurants may only offer take-out, pick-up, and delivery options for 15 days. However, customers may still go inside a restaurant dining room or at a fast-food establishment,to place a carryout order.The city of Houston expects to begin COVID-19 testing this week. Mayor Turner will announce the testing site procedures and logistics later this week. 
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Mayor Turner orders changes to operating procedures for restaurants, bars and clubs

Mar 17, 2020
Mayor Turner announces changes to operating procedures for city of Houston bars, nightclubs and restaurants;
Houston Health Department broadens COVID-19 social distancing guidance for all Houstonians
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and local health officials Monday afternoon to announce new measures to help contain and mitigate COVID-19.

Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo ordered bars and nightclubs to close and food-service establishments to stop in-service dining for 15 days, effective at 8 a.m. on March 17, 2020.

The order does not affect restaurant carry-out, delivery or drive-thru services, third-party delivery services, or grocery stores. The goal is to gain compliance, but violations could result in citations.

“We are making tough decisions in the best interest of the city of Houston,” Mayor Turner said. “We must take deliberative action to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and do everything possible to stop coronavirus from spreading.”
The Houston Health Department also broadened its COVID-19 social distancing guidance for the general public. The department now recommends all Houstonians stay away from groups of 10 or more people where there will be close contact with others.”While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. “If everyone avoids large gatherings, we will reduce the likelihood of young, healthy people giving their grandparents or immune-compromised friends a virus from which they may not recover.”Last week, Mayor Turner signed a proclamation declaring a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 spread. As a result of the emergency order, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo closed and city-sponsored, produced, and permitted events were postponed or canceled through the end of March.City council will meet in emergency session at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 to consider extending the order indefinitely. Mayor Turner and the Houston Health Department continue to encourage employers to allow their employees to work in ways that minimizes close contact with large groups of people. Suggestions include telecommute options, offering scheduling flexibility, and staggering start and end times.”This is not a lock-down,” Mayor Turner said. “Our goal is to flatten the curve and slow the progression of COVID-19 so that it does not overwhelm our health care system.”Most people with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions.While COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, daily precautions recommended to prevent respiratory illnesses are the same: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 and 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.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Get a flu shot. (Although the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is flu season.)Houstonians should visit HoustonEmergency.org for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips, and more.
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Mayor Turner joins Gallery Furniture’s Mattress Mack to assist vulnerable communities

Mar 17, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee today to announce a donation drive to assist Houston’s most vulnerable populations during the city’s response to COVID-19.Mattress Mack is asking people to drop off non-perishable items like soup, protein bars, packages of tuna, and new toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes, and diapers. 
Volunteers will deliver the collected items to housebound seniors and families with young children whose schools have temporarily closed. “We are looking forward to helping the vulnerable citizens of Houston as we pull together in the city of Houston,” said McIngvale. “We also are seeking volunteers to drop off donated items at the seniors’ front doors, so they do not have to fight traffic and crowds at local grocery stores.”

People who need supplies or wish to donate should call 713-694-5570 or drop off non-perishable items at Gallery Furniture’s three locations. More information is available on the company’s COVID-19 information web page. Mattress Mack also plans to partner with Ronnie Killen of KILLEN’S BBQ to prepare and make available “grab and go” meals. “Time and again when we face major challenges, Mattress Mack has stepped up,” Mayor Turner said. “While some people are bum-rushing stores and buying everything in sight, this is a way to help our seniors. We do not want to forget about them.” “This is a phenomenon and a time in our lives that could get worse before it gets better,” said U.S. Representative Jackson Lee. “The seniors are the most at-risk population. I am delighted Mattress Mack is creating this opportunity for people to help each other.”During the donation drive and supply drop-offs, volunteers will be encouraged to help contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Everyone will be required to practice social distancing, wash their hands, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. If someone is sick, they should not come to any of the donation sites. “Houstonians are generous, and we are going to work together to ease the stress of seniors and families with children,” Mayor Turner said. The donation drive is another example we are setting for the world and a reminder that we are #HoustonStrong.”

Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.
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GOLDEN BOY Y EYE OF THE TIGER MANAGEMENT REALIZAN UNA GRAN ADICIÓN A SU TREMENDA ASOCIACIÓN

Mar 11, 2020

GOLDEN BOY Y EYE OF THE TIGER MANAGEMENT REALIZAN UNA GRAN ADICIÓN A SU TREMENDA ASOCIACIÓN 
ARSLANBEK ‘LION’ MAKHUMUDOV, CAMPEÓN NABF DE PESO COMPLETO, INGRESA A SU ESTABLO CO PROMOCIONAL  
            LOS ÁNGELES, California 9 de marzo de 2020.— Golden Boy Eye of the Tiger Management están orgullosos de presentar otro emocionante talento a audiencias estadounidenses al agregar a Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov (10-0, 10 nocáuts), campeón completo NABF, a su establo co promocional. Makhamudov se une a peleadores de la talla de  David Lemieux,Yves UlyssesErik Bazinyan y Steven Butler en ser parte de esta histórica asociación co promocional.
            Con una altura de seis pies y cinco pulgadas y media, Makhmudov es un monstruo ruso que pesa hasta 260 libras cuando entra al ring. Antes de convertirse en profesional en 2017, fue un destacado amateur internacional, donde participó en varios torneos incluyendo la Serie Mundial de Boxeo. Como profesional, el contendiente de 30 años de edad terminó todas sus peleas por nocaut, la última de ellas siendo una victoria en el primer episodio contra el ex campeón mundial Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter para agenciarse el título NABF de peso completo. Makhmudov, quien ahora reside en Montreal, Quebec, Canadá, aspira a conquistar la competitiva división de peso completo lo más pronto posible.
            “Estoy confiado en que, con la ayuda de mi equipo, Eye of the Tiger Promotions y Golden Boy Promotions, realizaré mi meta de ser campeón mundial del mundo en peso completo”, aseguró Arslanbek Makhmudov.
            “Estoy encantado de traer el mejor prospecto de peso completo del mundo a los Estados Unidos con Golden Boy Promotions”, dijo Camille Estephan, Presidente de Eye of the Tiger Management. “Planeamos enviar un mensaje a la división de los pesos completos con sus grandes actuaciones. Me estoy asociando con Óscar, Eric, Roberto, Bernard y su equipo, y creo que juntos tendremos un campeón mundial de peso”, puntualizó.             “Se puede decir que en los últimos años hemos tenido un renacimiento en la división completo”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Las grandes peleas, rivalidades fuertes y la publicidad constante en la división de los completos es muy saludable para el deporte. Estamos haciendo nuestra parte para continuar este impulso al firmar a peleadores como Arslan Makhmudov, un artista de nocaut quien ingresa a nuestro establo tras desarrollar un impresionante palmarés de 10 victorias con 10 nocauts junto con nuestros amigos en Eye of the Tiger Management. Esperamos con ansias trabajar con Camille Estephan y todo su equipo para desarrollar a Makhmudov en un campeón mundial”, finalizó.

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Investigation into Shooting Incident at 9585 Main Street

Mar 11, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man that occurred at 9585 Main Street about 7:45 p.m. last Friday (March 6).

The suspect, Lonell Junior Martel (b/m, 66), is charged with felon in possession of a weapon and tampering/fabricating evidence in the 209th State District Court.  A booking photo of Martel is attached to this news release.

The victim, Lionel Stanley, 36, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. 

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Detectives Z. Brumley and M. Althaus reported:

Martel was a parking attendant for a bar at the above address.  Mr. Stanley became upset when Martel gave a parking space to another patron.  Stanley got out of his vehicle and began to argue with and, according to witnesses, threaten Martel.  At that time, Martel shot Stanley one time in the abdomen before fleeing in a vehicle. 

While fleeing, Martel threw the weapon to an unknown location along the 610 Loop (Interstate Highway 610).  He eventually returned to the shooting scene to surrender to officers.

Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-3600.
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