Neighbors Emergency Centers is monitoring the Coronavirus closely via the Centers for Disease Control. We understand that news of new diseases can be concerning, so we will add the most useful information and updates for our communities here.
Houston “Stay Home, Work Safe” Order Extended
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Step 1 – Online Screening:
Once you have gone through the online screening process and deemed “at-risk” you will receive a unique code and a phone number to call.
Step 2 – Phone Consultation:
Call the given number and complete the phone consultation. If deemed “at-risk” you will be given another unique code and information of where to get your first test.
Step 3 – Testing Facility:
Proceed to the testing facility at your scheduled time. Be sure to bring with you a photo ID and other information as requested by your nurse screener.
You can call the Harris County Coronavirus Call Center at: 832-927-7575
If you are sick:
If you are sick and think you may have coronavirus, please protect your community and the healthcare system by staying home. 80% or more of coronavirus cases have mild, flu-like symptoms that can be treated at home with fluids and fever reducers. Only go to the ER if you are experiencing emergency symptoms, like difficulty breathing, dehydration, chest pain, or dizziness.If you feel like you need to visit a medical facility, please call first, and follow the directions of the staff. This allows the facility to communicate if they are able to test you, and prepare for you if they recommend you come in.
Please follow the CDC guidelines on caring for yourself and what to do if you are sick:
Update – March 31, 2020 | 4 PM
Houston “Stay Home, Work Safe” Order Extended until April 30
Judge Hidalgo released an extension to the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order Tuesday afternoon that is asking Harris County and all cities within, to stay at home and work safe until April 30th to help flatten the curve for our region.
This comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered social distancing activities to be extended through the end of April for the state of Texas. Under these guidelines essential activities like grocery shopping, banking, and outdoor physical activities (except for beach access or utilizing playground equipment) are still permitted, as well as the operation of essential workers so long as workers maintain social distancing with 6ft from one another and take extra precautions for the health and safety of all.
Abbott also ordered schools to remain closed until May 4th, unless otherwise extended.
Update – March 24, 2020 | 5PM
Houston under “Stay Home Work Safe Order”
Due to the growing spread of Covid-19, City of Houston and Harris county have issued a Stay Home Work Safe order. The order is similar to what others are referring to as the “stay at home order”.
- What is allowed during this order?
- Activities relating to the health and safety of you, your family, and pets.
- Purchasing necessary supplies for your family and household.
- Outdoor activities (Walking, running, cycling) as long as there is 6 ft between you and others, and you do not touch hard surfaces.
- Working for essential businesses
- What are essential businesses?
should stay home unless you have an essential job. Essential jobs include:
- Grocery Stores
- And more…
- Visit https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/so-what-is-an-essential-business-or-job/285-1b1e3a7a-b176-426f-ad96-efc1255375fb for a list of essential jobs.
- Everyone should stay home unless you have an essential job. Essential jobs include:
- When does and why was does this order put into
- This goes into effect on March 24th at 11:59 pm and will stay in effect at least until April 3rd
- This was put into effect to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
For any Coronavirus questions or concerns, please call 2-1-1.
Update – March 20, 2020 | 1PM
Announcement from the Texas Department of State Health Services:
On Thursday, March 20th, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”
The declaration cites that “each person shall act responsibly to prevent and control communicable disease.” To do that:
- People, businesses and communities should immediately undertake hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation practices that are accessible, affordable and known to be effective against COVID-19.
- Limit trips into the public to essential outings. Traveling to work, the grocery store, the pharmacy or to seek medical care would be considered essential trips.
- Limit as much as possible close contact with other people. Stay six feet away.
- Do not gather in social groups of more than ten (10) individuals.
- Employers should allow work at home alternatives to the greatest extent possible.
- Restaurants should not allow dine-in options, either inside or outside. Take-out and curbside options with minimal contact are permitted and highly encouraged.
Neighbors Emergency Center will continue to update on the most current and up to date advice given by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Center of Disease Control.
For more information, please visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus.
Update – March 17, 2020 | 10AM
USA: 4694 active, 4801 confirmed cases, 94 deaths, 13 recovered and rising.
Texas: 95 confirmed, 1 death, 0 recovered.
Fort Bend: 9