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1:15 p.m.: A Pearland resident has been recognized with COVID-19, marking Brazoria County’s 11th case.
County officers mentioned the most recent affected person is a person in his 50s, who’s quarantined at residence. The case is just not journey associated.
12:40 p.m.: As much as 250 individuals may be examined on the Baytown website utilizing expertise from Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, Chronicle reporter Dylan McGuinness writes.
The cap is about so the businesses aren’t overwhelmed, officers mentioned.
Throughout the county at Butler Stadium, Mayor Sylvester Turner inspected the testing website, which had examined 79 individuals as of midday Saturday.
“We have been by way of it a number of, a number of occasions,” Turner mentioned. “It is a extremely resilient neighborhood.”
“In case you are a wholesome individual with gentle signs and never critically unwell, please self-quarantine at residence,” Dr. Persse mentioned. “Most individuals contaminated with COVID-19 get better. It’s essential we first focus our restricted testing assets on probably the most weak.” https://t.co/MVcKr22zFf
— Houston Well being Dept (@HoustonHealth) March 21, 2020
The variety of confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus continues to skyrocket in Texas, with 544 recognized circumstances of the virus as of midday, based on a Houston Chronicle evaluation, a rise of greater than 120 circumstances from this morning.
This consists of 83 circumstances that the Texas Division of State Well being Companies have but to assign to a county.
Dallas County continues to be probably the most closely affected county, with 95 recognized circumstances, based on the Dallas Well being and Human Companies Division.
The Higher Houston area, in the meantime, has 107 recognized circumstances.
There are confirmed circumstances in a minimum of 47 Texas counties now.
Greater than 6,500 Texans have been examined for the novel coronavirus, based on DSHS. The final two days have seen greater than 4,00zero Texans mixed get examined for the illness.
12 p.m.: The second government-backed testing middle within the Houston area is about to open Saturday in Baytown, Chronicle reporter Dylan McGuinness writes.
The positioning, operated by Harris County, opens at 1 p.m. however will solely take a look at pre-screened first responders and medical employees who’re experiencing signs or have come into contact with a constructive case.
County officers have requested information organizations to not disclose the positioning’s location as a result of members of most people can’t present up for a take a look at. The individuals who qualify have been notified already, county officers mentioned.
Later, they plan to increase providers for high-risk residents exhibiting signs.
An analogous website operated by the town has already begun providing exams for seniors over 65 with signs. There’s a screening course of together with a questionnaire and a telephone name earlier than metropolis officers grant permission to point out up.
Two extra websites are anticipated — one every for the town and county — as extra provides turn out to be obtainable.
Non-public teams, together with United Memorial Medical Heart and Legacy Group Well being, are additionally providing exams for individuals with signs. United Methodist Medical Heart mentioned in a press release Friday night time that seven out of 105 exams got here again constructive.
It’s unclear whether or not these circumstances have been included in metropolis and county counts.
And because the Chronicle’s Jordan Rubio explains in a chart, hundreds of Texans acquired examined on Friday, a pointy reversal of declining testing numbers over the past week.
Innowatts, a Houston-based vitality analytics firm, predicts that day by day residential vitality use throughout the coronavirus outbreak will enhance by 6 to eight p.c as extra individuals keep residence from work and youngsters are residence from faculty.
Total, energy use is predicted to drop as eating places, workplace buildings, retailers and different companies shut. Electrical energy demand from colleges will doubtless drop by 30 p.c, and business buildings are anticipated to chop their electrical energy consumption by 21 p.c, based on Innowatts.
11:15 a.m.: A number of Houston-area public well being departments have arrange name facilities to ask questions on signs, testing and different COVID-19 info.
- Metropolis of Houston: 832-393-4220 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday by way of Friday, 9 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday)
- Harris County: 832-927-7575 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. day-after-day)
- Fort Bend County: 281-633-7795 (Eight a.m. to five p.m. Monday by way of Friday)
- Montgomery County: 936‐523‐5040
- Brazoria County: 979-864-2167 (10 a.m. to six p.m. Monday by way of Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday)
- Galveston County: 409-938-7221, possibility 1
10:51 a.m.: A fourth individual has been recognized with COVID-19 in Matagorda County, based on the county regional medical middle.
The girl is between the ages of 75 and 85, and has not traveled exterior the county. She is in truthful situation, based on the Matagorda County Hospital District.
Eight individuals in Matagorda County have examined detrimental and 42 exams are pending as of Saturday morning.
10:33 a.m.: A further testing website is coming to Cypress, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn introduced on Twitter.
The positioning shall be open on Saturday, he mentioned.
The Texas Well being and Human Companies Fee is predicted to open two extra websites in Dallas and San Antonio subsequent week.
10:15 a.m.: Houston resident Miah Arnold began feeling the chills and a migraine. Then, the three principal signs of COVID-19: a low fever, cough and respiratory issues.
HHS has confirmed a further community-based testing website shall be be opened on March 21st in Cypress. HHS can be anticipating standing up two extra websites in Texas within the subsequent week, one in San Antonio and one in Dallas.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 21, 2020
It took three calls, however a nurse lastly acquired Arnold a telehealth appointment along with her doctor at Baylor. Not lengthy after, he ordered her a drive-thru take a look at.
Arnold writes about what it was like to get a four-minute nasal swab take a look at.
9:45 a.m.: Hospitals have more and more barred or restricted entry to sufferers as COVID-19 spreads, forcing chaplains and others who minister to the severely ill or the elderly to maneuver their conversations on-line, the Chronicle’s Robert Downen experiences.
Expertise has made it attainable for chaplains to nonetheless join with individuals on the finish of their lives, however it’s work that depends on physique language and different social cues which can be notably tough to convey over a display.
Greater than something, they anxious about morale, and the right way to proceed doing their work amid a lot uncertainty and chaos. Not being with sufferers “goes towards my coronary heart and soul,” mentioned one chaplain.
“The very factor that we’re referred to as to expertise as human beings — relationships — is that which this virus is making an attempt to decrease,” mentioned one other.
9:00 a.m.: Houston’s police chief blasted a Harris County judge’s decision to launch an individual arrested on suspicion of homicide on bond on Twitter.
“Activism by officers locations society and people beforehand detained at better danger,” Chief Artwork Acevedo mentioned.
A lawyer for 29-year-old David Cruz requested for a bond discount on Monday, citing the prospect that COVID-19 may “unfold like wildfire,” Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks writes.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned Saturday morning the county jail system doesn’t have “capability” for intensive care, and restricted area for quarantine.
“Now we have no say in particular person choices judges make of their courtrooms,” Gonzalez mentioned in a tweet.
8:25 a.m.: Companies throughout the state are closing to attempt to sluggish the unfold of the brand new coronavirus. Texas’ unemployment compensation fund will not be ready for the ensuing mass layoffs.
have the capability to deal with an outbreak within the jail and the anticipated wants of the final neighborhood. On releases my group is concerned with, we’ve enhanced our discharge planning to arrange for transition .
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) March 21, 2020
Because the Chronicle’s Erin Douglas writes, federal information reveals that the state has lower than six months of reserves to pay unemployment insurance coverage at recession-level charges.
Between Sunday and Wednesday, Texas acquired greater than 61,500 first-time unemployment insurance coverage claims, based on the Texas Workforce Fee, greater than 4 occasions the filings throughout the same interval in 2019.
And practically 30 p.c of the claims got here from employees within the better Houston area.
7:45 a.m.: As of Friday, 107 individuals within the eight-county better Houston space have examined constructive for COVID-19, the sickness brought on by the brand new coronavirus, and 5,277 individuals in Texas have been examined for the virus, based on state data.
The better Houston area noticed the biggest single-day enhance in circumstances on Friday with 33 new circumstances, together with two new circumstances reported round 9 p.m. by Montgomery County officers
The Houston Well being Division is predicted to increase testing at its first drive-thru testing website on Saturday. Seniors 65 and older who exhibit signs of a fever, cough and issue respiratory can name the division for screening at 832-393-4220.
You should obtain a novel ID code from the division to go in for testing.
For up-to-date monitoring of the unfold of the novel coronavirus in Texas, go to houstonchronicle.com/coronavirus.
— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) March 21, 2020