Changes to COVID-19 recommendations and rules in the Houston area are expected soon
Changes to COVID-19 recommendations and rules in the Houston area are expected soon

Changes to COVID-19 recommendations and rules in the Houston area are expected soon

Harris County and Houston leaders suggest changes to current COVID-19 recommendations and rules in the field.

Since January, Harris County’s COVID-19 threat alert system has been “Level 1 red”, the highest possible level. Level 1 encourages the unvaccinated population to minimize contact with others. But on Thursday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo hinted at the possibility of lowering the threat level to “Level 2 orange” as early as next week.

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“Things are definitely getting better,” Hidalgo said. “We have to wait for the hospitalization threshold to be reached. It looks like we’ll be getting to orange in a few days. Hopefully next week.”

In Houston, city employees are required to wear masks inside buildings. However, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turners says they are reconsidering this rule.

“We still demand that our city employees, once inside, put on their masks,” Turner said. “We will take a look at it. It may end up changing.”

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Over the past few weeks, Texas Medical Center (TMC) has reported a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This week, TMC COVID numbers fell to the lowest levels of the year.

“It’s encouraging,” said Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson, Vice President of Employee Health Medical Operations for Memorial Hermann Health System. “The measurements we see and the cases are declining. We still have a good number of patients in the hospital who have COVID, around 400. That is a decrease from over 1,100 over the last few weeks.”

In Houston, preparations are underway for the Houston Rodeo. The popular event is expected to start for the first time since the pandemic.

“We will have to live with the presence of this virus now and in the future,” Turner said. “We just have to live with it.”

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According to Turner, he plans to enjoy the rodeo festivities himself.

“I have to wear my hat, my boots and belt,” Turner said.

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