HERE ARE THE CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES IN TEXAS

Data accurate as of 14:29 / 16 Mar 2020

Updated twice daily. Keep coming back for the latest numbers.

Cases by county:

County of Residence2Number of Cases3
Bell1
Bexar3
Brazoria2
Collin6
Dallas9
Denton1
El Paso3
Fort Bend9
Galveston1
Gregg1
Harris10
Hays1
Lavaca1
Matagorda1
Montgomery3
Smith3
Tarrant3
Travis3
Webb1
Pending County Assignment2

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There are now 64 confirmed cases being reported in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Health and Human services.

24 EASY WAYS TO KILL THE CORONAVIRUS

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you may only have a common cold.
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 27 Celsius/80.6 Fahrenheit.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly, and so on.
9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!
11. Practice good hygiene and health habits
12. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In cases of no access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% to 95% alcohol).
13. Cover your coughs and sneezes with an elbow sleeve or tissue.
14. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as you can pick up the virus that way.
15. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects like doorknobs and countertops. Evidence suggests that disinfectants with 62% to 71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can “efficiently” inactivate coronaviruses within a minute
16. Getting the flu shot is suggested even though the seasonal flu vaccine cannot protect you from COVID-19 directl. However, you may be more likely to develop severe pneumonia if you contract both diseases simultaneously.. By avoiding the flu, you may also avoid making a trip to the doctor in the middle of a COVID-19 epidemic, when health care workers may be overwhelmed with other patients.
17. Be prepared to stay home
18. Talk with your employer about what the company’s work-from-home and sick leave policy might be in the event of an outbreak.
19. Schools may be closed in your area during an outbreak. Ask your child’s school, local school board or health department about how much advance notice there might be preceding a closure. Plan for how you will handle child care if schools and day care centers are closed.
Large group gatherings may be canceled, including concerts, religious services and public events.
20. Have at least a 30-day supply of all needed medications on hand, and/or as your health care and insurance providers about procuring an emergency supply.
21. If you or someone in your household regularly takes prescription drugs, it may be wise to ask your health care and insurance providers about procuring an emergency supply.
Make a plan for how to care for those at greater risk of serious illness and hospitalization, such as those over 60 years old and those with preexisting health conditions. Also have a backup plan for who will care for your dependents if you get sick, personally.
22. Make sure you have reasonable amounts of groceries and other basic household necessities, such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, water, can & dry goods, etc. Plan for a 2-4week rationing for the individuals of your household if the needed arises for self-quarantine.
23. Check in with your neighbors and loved ones. Talk with your neighbors to check in on their health status and see how you can help each other if one of you is home sick or caring for others.
24. Share the newest information from local health authorities, and make sure others are up to date.Keep up with local announcements to find out about cancellations of schools and local events.

HEB BEGS CUSTOMERS TO STOP PANIC BUYING

H-E-B said in a social media post it has been preparing for coronavirus and “is in a strong position to keep replenishing our shelves.”

It urges customers not to panic.

“We are continuing to restock shelves around-the-clock.”

The Texas-based grocery chain encourages buyers not to stockpile and to “please buy what you need and leave some for your neighbor behind you.”

“We are in this as a community and it’s important to keep calm.”

H-E-B has been preparing for coronavirus and we are in a strong position to keep replenishing our shelves. Customers should not panic, as we are continuing to restock shelves around-the-clock. We are encouraging preparedness, not stockpiling – please buy what you need and leave some for your neighbor behind you. We are in this as a community and it’s important to keep calm. H-E-B Partners are ready to help #SlowtheSpreadTexas.

TEXAS IS OFFICIALLY UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just released this proclamation:

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been recognized globally as a contagious respiratory virus; and


WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, there are more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-l 9 located in multiple Texas counties; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 50 Texans with pending tests for COVID-19 in Texas; and

WHEREAS, some schools, universities, and other governmental entities are beginning to alter their schedules, and some venues are beginning to temporarily close, as precautionary responses to the increasing presence of COVID- 19 in Texas; and
WHEREAS, costs incurred to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 are beginning to mount at the state and local levels; and

WHEREAS, the State of Texas has already taken numerous steps to prepare for COVID 19, such as increasing laboratory testing capacity, coordinating preparedness efforts across state agencies, and working with local partners to promote appropriate mitigation efforts; and

WHEREAS, it is critical to take additional steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of Texans; and

WHEREAS, declaring a state of disaster will facilitate and expedite the use and deployment of resources to enhance preparedness and response.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that COVID- 19 poses an imminent threat of disaster. In accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby declare a state of disaster for all counties in Texas.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.0 16 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to cope with this declared disaster, I hereby suspend such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster for that limited purpose.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.


IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 13th day of March, 2020.
Governor Greg Abbott

AFTER CRISIS WILL WE EVER BE THE SAME?

Just two weeks ago, the scenes which played out in front of us were unimaginable. Shoppers fighting over toilet paper. Toilet paper. Brawls in parking lots.

Insanity.

We have seemingly passed through our society’s modicum of civility on the road to insanity.

Lifelong friends have been attacking each other online, defending other people who they’ve never met, and will probably never meet.

Politicians have pitted us against each other for their own short term political gain. Like when Chuck Schumer lambasted the administration a month ago for stopping flights to and from China. Then today lambasting him for not doing it soon enough.

Reporters, such as Jim Acosta, said it was racist to say the coronavirus started in China after the President did, but not before just a week earlier he tweeted an almost identical sentence. (It’s only racist when Trump says it, I guess).

This nonsense, this retreating to our ideological corners, has got to stop if we are to remain a civilized society.

I, for one, will smile a bit brighter, open doors a bit longer, and try to be a bit more understanding of my fellow Texans (and Americans). Maybe we could all do the same.

SHOULD CONGRESS GO ON VACATION DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS?

According to multiple news agencies, including Politico, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has no plans to cancel the Spring Recess (read Spring Break) for Congress slated to start next week.

This recess, presumably, will occur whether or not Congress manages to pass any sort of legislation to prop up the economy, increase Coronavirus testing, or anything else.

Must be nice being able to take a vacation while the world is burning.

If you desire, you can call your representative of Congress at 202-225-3121 and demand they stay at work until this crisis is over.

CORONAVIRUS FEARS SHUTTING DOWN MUCH OF TEXAS

HOUSTON: Because of the coronavirus, here are all the school and event closures as of this morning:

Schools:

Rice University announced Sunday that in-person classes and undergraduate teaching labs would be canceled this week to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but staff and faculty were also still required to work. The announcement came days after an employee tested positive last week for COVID-19.

Prairie View A&M announced via Twitter Wednesday that it would suspend classes until Monday, March 23, but that faculty and staff are still required to work.

South Texas College of Law Houston has canceled all on-campus classes and will conduct its classes only online starting Thursday according to a university release. The law school will re-evaluate its decisions on March 23 after its spring break, but the campus will remain open and business operations will continue.

University of Houston classes are canceled for next week. University will remain open but faculty/staff have option to work remotely. Classes will resume online March 23. Resident students are encouraged to stay home but dorms are open for those returning, according to an official tweet by UH President Renu Khator.

All Montgomery ISD campuses and departments will close this Thursday and Friday ahead of spring break. Montgomery ISD after-school activities are cancelled for Wednesday, and all sporting events and practices are cancelled through Saturday.

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School in Meyerland is closed for the next two weeks, including next week’s spring break.

The Joy School in the Museum District is closed for the next two weeks, including next week’s spring break.

Texas A&M has suspended classes until March 18.

Prairie View A&M has suspended classes until Monday, March 23, the university announced via Twitter. Faculty and staff are still required to report to work.

The University of Texas at Austin has extended Spring Break with plans to finish the semester with 100% online courses.

Hospitals:

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has updated its visitor policies; patients are permitted two visitors 18 years or older and only healthy visitors are allowed to accompany patients in ambulances or for outpatient procedures, UT authorities said.

The Veterans Administration canceled all scheduled Friday and Saturday veterans legal clinics held at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) until further notice, according to an official press release.

Community Meetings:

Lakewood Church canceled public services this weekend, instead opting to broadcast the events online in the wake of the public health emergency declaration in Houston, according to a Facebook post from the church.

The city’s remaining Capital Improvement Project (CIP) meetings have been cancelled. The meetings will be rescheduled for a later date, according to an official tweet.

The Alief-Westwood Complete Communities meeting scheduled for this evening has been cancelled in light of Mayor Turner’s announcement about the cancellation of city-sponsored meetings due to public safety concern. The meeting will be held at a later date, according to an official tweet.

Events:

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is cancelled for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Tour de Houston is cancelled.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has canceled or postponed all city-sponsored or permitted events through the end of March.

The Bayou City Arts Festival has been postponed.

All Overwatch League events scheduled for March and April are cancelled, the organization said via Twitter.

The Japan Festival will be postponed, according to a Facebook post from the organization.

NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public. This includes a stop at Houston’s Toyota Center for the South Regional.

The city of Tomball and Tomball German Heritage Festival announced the three-day festival slated for March 27-29 has been canceled amid efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It will not be rescheduled.

The event with Robert Reich on April 6 has been cancelled according to an official email. All ticket buyers will receive an automatic, immediate refund, including fees.

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, scheduled April 4 and 5, was postponed.

Levy Park and the Levy Park Conservancy have canceled all events and park programming through March 31 including:

St. Patrick’s Day Festival (3/15)

Spring Break at Levy Park (3/16-3/20)

Recurring programs including: Zumba, Yoga, H.I.I.T, Body Barre, Bollywood/Bhangra Dancing Class, Family Storytime, Tai Chi, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), Young Audiences of Houston (YAH), Children’s Bingo, Houston Center for Photography Workshops, Public Piano Play, and Goodies from the Garden.

Table Tennis, the Reading Room, Foosball, the Arts and Games Carts, Imagination Playground, and Levy Park Water Feature will be closed.

PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL TACKLE CORONAVIRUS IN ADDRESS TO NATION TONIGHT

President Trump says he will be delivering an address to the nation this evening where he will unveil his plans to counter the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

“I’ll be making a statement later tonight,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with banking executives. He said it would take place at 8 p.m., but did not elaborate on the content.

Trump tweeted several times Tuesday afternoon about the coronavirus, saying he is “fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with” the disease.

White House aides have been negotiating with lawmakers on legislation to address the economic fallout of the spreading virus, which has rattled markets and sparked concerns among workers who may not have paid sick leave or the ability to work remotely.

Here in Texas, the effects are starting to feel real to many.

One local pastor writes this:

How dangerous Covid 19 is, is irrelevant at this point. Today, the City of Houston FORCED the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to shut down. Last week it was SXSW in Austin. This same kind of thing is happening across the country. The panic that has been caused by this virus has had, and will continue to have, a horrible and long lasting effect on our country.

People won’t be flying, going out to restaurants, etc. Local governments will continue overreacting and destroying their local economies. A LOT of small businesses are going to go out of business, and people will lose their jobs.

A lot of you know that besides pastoring, I do Uber on the side to pay the bills. Shutting down the Rodeo will DESTROY Uber drivers in the month of March. I am wondering if when I go to work tomorrow, if I will be able to make money. Maybe not. If not, within two to three weeks my family will be broke. Im sure others have it even worse.

So DO NOT take this pandemic lightly. Conserve your cash, folks. Keep food stocked up. Be ready for a very slow economy for the next few months. No, its not going to be the apocalypse. But it will likely be very tight for a while. Lets make a point to help each other out, when we can. Lets also not freak out and make things worse. Lets encourage our elected leaders not to overreact.

Together, we can get through this.

The administration is also said to be considering a national emergency declaration to free up additional resources to fight the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday declared a global pandemic.

There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Aides had been considering whether Trump should deliver an address to the nation about the virus, according to an adviser familiar with the discussions.

“I think Trump should give a national television address tonight or tomorrow night and be the commander in chief and really lay out a set of prescriptions,” the person said.

The administration has for weeks attempted to project a sense of control as the coronavirus spread across the country. But health officials have in recent days sounded the alarm about the severity of the virus, warning that things will get worse before they get better.

Trump has repeatedly urged Americans to remain calm, while at times offering contradictory information about the virus. He told reporters two weeks ago that he expected the 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. would soon decrease to near zero.

CORONAVIRUS KILLS HOUSTON RODEO

As coronavirus panic spreads in Texas, Houston officials have called off the remainder of the city’s biggest annual event, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The announcement came Wednesday amid a seven-day emergency health declaration in the state’s biggest city, which comes after the state saw its first suspected case of community spread of the virus in nearby Montgomery County. It’s another devastating economic and cultural blow to another major Texas city as the state — which has more than 30 confirmed cases — continues to suffer the impacts of the novel coronavirus. On Friday, Austin canceled South by Southwest, the annual international festival of music, technology and film that brings hundreds of thousands of people from across the world to the state capital every March.

Now all eyes are on San Antonio, whose annual Fiesta celebration — a more than weeklong citywide spree — is still on for now, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Wednesday.

“For those of us who are Texans through and through, and from our area, from our region, you know just how much we love the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. You know this decision has not come easily,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference Wednesday. “But the health and safety of the people in our region is paramount.”