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HCPH | COVID-19 Outbreak Reported in Assisted Living Facility in La Porte

Multiple COVID-19 cases are under investigation Houston—As part of our ongoing investigation efforts, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak at the LaPorte Healthcare Center. HCPH’s initial investigation of this same facility that was reported on April 4. To date, 34 residents and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility is currently under strict health control orders that were issued to ensure appropriate infection control and prevention measures are taken. The […]

Harris County Jail Staff Experience Major Increase in COVID-19 Diagnoses

April 7, 2020 – The number of Harris County Sheriff’s Office employees diagnosed with coronavirus more than doubled in the first week of April as the virus appears to be spreading among jail staff. Since April 1, positive COVID-19 test results have been reported for 16 detention officers and other staff assigned to work in the jail, bringing the total number of infected Sheriff’s Office employees to 30. In all, 20 of the Sheriff’s Office’s […]

Women Veterans Defend the Community by Making Masks for Volunteers Distributing Food at Mamie George Community Center

Women veterans Chris (from left) and Trish Long leave their sewing machines to deliver fabric masks to Susan Jaroszewski at Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond.  The masks are being worn by volunteers during food distribution to Fort Bend County residents whose need for food assistance is intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

RICHMOND – First they defended our country.  Now, they’re creating a first line of defense in the war against COVID-19 in Fort Bend County. Women veterans affiliated with Catholic Charities’ Women Veterans Program are making fabric masks to protect the many volunteers distributing food at the Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) in Richmond, the hub for Catholic Charities services in Fort Bend County. Volunteers are already sporting some of the 100 fabric masks made so […]

Texas Provides Guidance for Nursing Facilities Current Guidance Addresses Infection Control Recommendations

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services is releasing current guidance to nursing facilities across the state on how to respond in the event of a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. This current guidance – COVID-19 Response for Long-term Care Facilities – includes an overview of information provided to nursing facilities and highlights requirements and recommendations to protect resident health and safety. The guidance applies when a facility becomes aware of the infection of […]

New Date: The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency 5th Annual Wine Dinner

Rescheduled for Wednesday, June 3, 2020 HOUSTON (April 7, 2020) – The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit providing Houston area women and girls with the tools needed to be advocates for their health, has rescheduled its 5th Annual Wine Dinner from Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s due to the health threat from COVID-19. Proceeds from the event support The Women’s Fund programs that serve to educate girls and women in the Houston […]

Texas State Parks Temporarily Close to the Public

AUSTIN—At the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas State Parks will be closed to the public effective at the close of business Tuesday, April 7 in order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will continue to stay current with the latest public health recommendations and will announce when a definite reopening date has been determined. “Given the myriad of challenges and heightened risks of […]

The Center for Pursuit selling world-famous Gingersnaps and other treats at Houston Ballet’s online Spring 2020 Nutcracker Market  

The Center for Pursuit is selling its wildly popular Gingersnaps and other delicious cookies and treats at the virtual Spring 2020 Nutcracker Marketplace on Facebook and through the Gingersnaps Etc. site.

Houston, April 7, 2020 – The Center for Pursuit, Houston’s largest not-for-profit organization serving adults with intellectual and development disabilities, is selling its wildly popular Gingersnaps, other tasty cookies in a variety of flavors (chocolate, raspberry, lemon and cinnamon) and Cheesesnaps at the online Spring 2020 Nutcracker Marketplace from now through Apr. 30. Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Marketplace at NRG was forced to become a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can now be found […]

Katy ISD Continues to Feed Thousands of Katy Children No Meal Distribution on Good Friday Holiday  

KATY [April 6, 2020] – Katy Independent School District remains committed to ensuring children stay healthy and receive the needed nutrients during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Just last week, 103,297 Katy area children received both breakfast and lunch through the District’s Grab and Go Meals Program.  During the fourth week of program operations, Katy ISD distribution sites will be open Monday, April 6 – Thursday, April 9 only.  Meal distribution on Friday, April 10 will not […]

HCPH | Harris County Statement on Non-Congregate Medical Shelter

Houston-Harris County, in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners has begun building medical shelter at NRG Park. The purpose of the facility is to provide health and medical-related care to COVID-19 patients if hospitals exceed their capacities. While there are no plans to open the shelter at this time, the county is determined to provide additional support to the medical community during this pandemic. Additional details about the facility will be made available at […]

Hydration Awareness: 10 Ways to Be ‘Water Wise’ (Even While Sheltering in Place)

Water 101: Guidance from the CDC, USDA, Mayo Clinic, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other top-tier experts and physicians on proper hydration, dehydration avoidance Water. We all need it—and know we need it—for optimum health and wellness, but a shocking few live daily life in a properly hydrated state and certainly not with appropriate consistency. One doctor-driven report revealed that fully 75 percent, a staggering three-fourths majority, of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration. It went on to underscore […]