9 thing to know from Houston mayor’s coronavirus outbreak update Thursday

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HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner provided an update Thursday on coronavirus testing in Houston.

Turner held a press conference alongside city council members, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse and other local leaders.

Here are the top takeaways regarding the response to the coronavirus outbreak, including the announcement of the first death in Houston.

The first death in Houston

Persse confirmed the city of Houston had its first coronavirus-related death. The victim was a woman in her 60s. An autopsy revealed the woman had contracted the virus. Officials said the case was travel related.

This brings the Houston-area death toll to 3.

Houston to sustain 1 testing site

Turner said the Butler Stadium testing facility in Houston has tested 1,100 people.