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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 […]

Get Family Members Vaccinated or Tested

Less than 40% of the Population has been Vaccinated  Thanks to vaccinations, COVID-19 numbers are finally going in the right direction. Adult cases and deaths are declining. However, children’s cases have been increasing nationwide and children are getting sicker from the virus, but not being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 in greater numbers. That’s why it is extremely important for parents to get their 12-17 year-old children vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.  Twelve to 17-year-olds […]

Anyone 16 or Older Can Now Get a Vaccine at NRG Park With or Without an Appointment

Later Closing Times Starting Wednesday to Accommodate Working Families Effective immediately, anyone in Harris County or the greater Houston area will be able to receive the COVID-19 two-dose Pfizer vaccine at the FEMA Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at NRG Park with or without an appointment. Additionally, starting Wednesday, April 21, the CVC hours of operations are changing from 8 am to 5 pm to 12pm – 9pm to make it easier and more convenient for […]

Many People are Infected with, but Don’t Know It 

COVID-19 is still in Harris County and spreading until more people are vaccinated. If you or family members are not eligible yet, get tested. Four in 10 people who have COVID-19 don’t know because they don’t have symptoms, but are still contagious.  Until more people are vaccinated, testing and taking precautions, are our best tools to stop it. If you find out you have COVID-19, you can quarantine so you don’t infect others. If you […]

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 […]

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You and Those You Love

Get Tested for COVID-19 – Find an HCPH Test Site Near You Four in 10 people who are infected don’t know they have COVID-19 because they don’t have symptoms, but are still contagious. Find out if you have the virus by getting tested. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, and most people haven’t, the risk is increasing for you and your loved ones to contract the virus. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising nationally and […]

Get Free and Quick Testing at HCPH Test Sites

Even if you only visited with family members during the holidays, you should all get tested. COVID-19 infections from Christmas and New Year’s will begin to appear in the next week or two. It usually takes two to three weeks after people have been exposed to the virus for them to become infected, develop symptoms, get tested and receive their results. Don’t wait. Get tested now to find out if you have COVID-19. High risk […]

HCPH Encourages Everyone to Get Tested for COVID-19

Whether you attended large, small or no holiday gatherings at all, everyone should get tested as soon as possible. Harris County’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing at alarming rates. New infections from holiday gatherings and travel will add to those numbers in coming weeks. In addition, many people have the virus and don’t know it, 4 out of 10 people don’t have any symptoms but are still contagious. They can infect family and friends who […]

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 […]

HCPH Recommends Getting Tested As COVID-19 Cases And Hospitalizations Are Increasing In Our Community

Thanksgiving will be here in a few days, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing in our community. Health officials warn against large indoor gatherings. If you do insist 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 socially distance. An additional precaution is for each person in your group to get tested now. If everyone tests negative, […]