Harris County Public Health

Don’t Get Frustrated, Get Tested!

Choose From 10 HCPH COVID-19 Test Site Locations February 1-7 With limited supplies of vaccine and everyone trying to get vaccinated, it’s easy to be frustrated. However, testing is still an effective way to help protect you and your family from COVID-19. Many people have the virus with no symptoms and are infecting others without knowing it. Testing is the only way to know.  There are many free COVID-19 test sites. Harris County Public Health […]

Harris County Public Health Expands Vaccine Registration Process with New COVID-19 Vaccination Portal

‘Smart Waitlist’ System to Ensure Efficient, Fair, and Equitable Registration Process for Eligible Residents; County Has Currently Vaccinated 27,426 Individuals Starting on Tuesday, January 26th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will launch a new COVID-19 Vaccination Portal for residents who meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) criteria for receiving a vaccine. The portal will allow individuals to be placed on a waitlist and contacted once vaccines and appointments are available. The waitlist […]

Harris County Public Health Announces First Known Case of UK COVID-19 Variant in Texas 

Individual Recovering in Isolation, Epidemiological Investigations are underway to identify, notify, and quarantine any close contacts Today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. This the first known case in Harris County and the State of Texas The individual is a male between the ages of 30-40 years old in SW Harris County and has no travel history. The individual is stable, […]

Outgoing Executive Director at Harris County Public Health Speaks to Harmony Public Schools High School Students about COVID-19

Outgoing Executive Director at Harris County Public Health, Umair A. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. spoke to Biomedical and HOSA (Future Health Professionals) students at Harmony School of Innovation – Katy about the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Shah has been the leading authority on the virus in Harris County. During the meeting, Dr. Shah told students he will get the vaccine as soon as he can. He also stated the vaccine is both safe and effective. He also warned that just […]

Share Love and Memories During the Holidays, Not COVID-19

Find Ways to Feel Close to Loved Ones Without Being Close A COVID-19 vaccine is coming soon, but there won’t be enough for all of us until sometime in 2021. Meanwhile cases are surging in our community, hospitals are filling up and the holiday season is here. In the meantime, we need to find creative ways to enjoy this holiday season and keep ourselves and loved ones safe. Getting tested is a good start since 4 in 10 infected people don’t […]

Stay Safe During the Upcoming Holidays – Take Precautions & Get Tested

If You Celebrated Thanksgiving with a Group, Wait a Few Days to Get Tested for COVID-19 If you’re considering getting tested because you celebrated Thanksgiving with extended family and friends, good idea, but wait about 5 days. It takes about that long after exposure for there to be enough virus in your body for the test to detect. Meanwhile, try to stay home until you are tested and get your results. Get tested even if […]

HCPH Offers Thanksgiving Week Schedule for COVID-19 Test Sites

All Harris County Public Health (HCPH) COVID-19 test sites will be open Monday-Wednesday, 11/23-11/25, before Thanksgiving on Thursday. Some sites will be open Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving.  Get tested now for free, and to stay safe during the holiday and avoid large indoor gatherings. If you do plan on seeing people, HCPH recommends your group have 10 people or less and that you gather outside, where there is better air flow and you can stay 6 […]

Harris County Executive Director Leaves Current Position

Today Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces the departure of their Executive Director Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. Dr. Shah is set to become the next Secretary of Health for the state of Washington under Governor Jay Inslee, effective December 18, 2020. Dr. Shah first joined HCPH in 2004, as Deputy Director and the Director for Disease Control and Clinical Prevention. He was appointed HCPH Executive Director by Harris County Commissioners Court in 2013. “Under […]

New Animal Resource Center Finally Arrives in Harris County

Harris County Pets Celebrates with Grand-Opening Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is finally unveiling its new pet resource center, Harris County Pets (HCP), which replaces the animal shelter formally known as Harris County Animal shelter that was built in 1986. The new facility was made possible on a $24 million bond proposition that was passed by Harris County voters in 2015 as the community saw the need to replace the outdated shelter. With this new […]

Don’t Skip Your Flu Shot During a Pandemic!

There is No Vaccine for COVID-19 Yet, but There is for the Flu Flu season is here. It’s arriving during a pandemic which has already killed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. this year. The Flu and COVID-19 are both very contagious viruses and spread in similar ways. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the […]