Harris County Public Health

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million bond proposition that was passed by Harris County voters in 2015 as the community saw the need to replace the outdated shelter.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 […]

City Considering Its Options for City Health Authority

By George Slaughter Katy officials are considering their options for a city health authority as the city deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Katy, like other cities its size, has in its charter a provision for a city health authority. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Improvement Program, the health authority position is filled by a physician that administers state and local public health laws. These laws include public health law […]

SmartPAWZ Event Just in Time for Hurricane Season

  The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Harris County Public Health and the Houston SPCA are hosting the first ever SmartPAWZ event at Houston TranStar (6922 Katy Road) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to participate in this fun event organized to remind the public that hurricane season is here and pet owners need to remember to include their pets in […]