How Did 38 Million Flu Cases Drop to Only 2,000 in Just One Year?

Pandemic Precautions Likely Prevented COVID 19 and the Flu The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded less than 2,000 flu cases nationwide from September 2020 to April 2021, an all-time low. There were more than 38 million cases during the previous flu season, which the CDC considered a moderate season. It appears the extreme measures and routine precautions required to slow the spread of COVID-19, also dramatically reduced the number of flu cases. Since both […]

Texas Military Department Announces the Death of Soldier

A Texas National Guardsman passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, due to symptoms related to COVID-19. Sgt. Reggis Madzudzo, 52, of Boerne, was a medic with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment (First Texas Infantry), 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, headquartered in San Antonio. Madzudzo was assigned to the Task Force South COVID-19 mission at the time of […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Accepting Applications from Libraries for $1.8 Million in ARPA Grants

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting applications on Sept. 3 for three new grant programs made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Available funds total at least $1.8 million and are provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under ARPA. Texas libraries are encouraged to apply through TSLAC’s online grants management program by Oct. 1. TSLAC will host an informational webinar […]

Harris County raises COVID threat meter to ‘Severe’

Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo updated the county’s COVID-19 public threat level from Significant (orange, Level 2) to Severe (red, Level 1). Level 1 indicates a “severe and uncontrolled” level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are worsening, contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded, and healthcare surge is likely. The elevation to threat level 1 – the highest in the system – comes as a variety of data demonstrate alarming trends that are on track […]

The George Foundation Awards Attack Poverty a Multi-Year $300,000 Grant with Additional Match

Support Will Help Nonprofit End the Cycle of Generational Poverty Attack Poverty, a local nonprofit organization committed to strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs, announced it will receive a multi-year $300,000 grant from The George Foundation with a $25,000 annual match opportunity for the next two years. The George Foundation serves Fort Bend County to enhance the community and quality of life for those in need by providing grants to local nonprofits […]

More Than a Dozen Delta Variant Cases Found in Houston

COVID-19 cases are continuing to decline in Harris County, but people are still getting sick and dying from the virus and now the Delta variant is here too. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has more than a dozen Delta variant cases and not one of them was vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is also very effective against the Delta variant. Since this variant is much more contagious than COVID-19, there are likely many more undiagnosed cases […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant Confirmed in 14 Residents in Harris County

All 14 Residents were Unvaccinated   Harris County Public Health (HCPH) reports 14 individuals in unincorporated Harris County contracted the COVID-19 Delta variant between April and June 2021. All 14 individuals were unvaccinated. The CDC reports nearly 25 percent of new COVID-19 cases were linked to the Delta variant and are up six percent from early June of this year. The Delta variant is much more contagious than the original strain of the virus and appears […]

Ages 12 and Up Get Vaccinated, Under 12 Get Tested

Vaccines work. COVID-19 cases are declining, but not enough people have been vaccinated yet to declare victory against the virus. Some parts of the country are still experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases of children and teens who need hospitalization, including some in ICUs. Children are not immune to COVID-19 and can become extremely ill or suffer long term health effects from it. Parents are strongly encouraged to get their children ages 12 and up vaccinated […]

Harris County Judge Moves COVID-19 Threat Level to Level 3: Yellow

Vaccinations Continue Driving Down Key COVID-19 Metrics; Hidalgo Urges Community to Stay Vigilant, Particularly Over Memorial Day Weekend  Judge Lina Hidalgo today announced that she is moving the county’s COVID-19 Threat Level Indicator from Level 2: Orange to Level 3: Yellow, the system’s second-lowest threat level. The move comes as a variety of indicators continue to demonstrate significant progress in reducing the threat of COVID-19 and the availability, administration, and efficacy of vaccines for eligible […]

Harris Health Surpasses Half-Million Virtual Visit since Pandemic Start

The COVID-19 pandemic caught healthcare providers worldwide off guard. Almost immediately, doors shuttered to most in-person non-COVID care. Harris Health System, like many providers, quickly ramped up its virtual and telemedicine program—most recently completing nearly 565,000 virtual care visits since the start of the pandemic. Virtual care has become an important tool to safely treat patients and contain the spread of COVID-19. Since mid-March 2020, Harris Health has enlisted 1,600 medical providers through home or […]