Turner says testing open to anyone, discusses helping most vulnerable Houstonians

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner held his daily COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon, during which he discussed multiple topics includeing, testing sites, positive cases, a new initiative to help homeless shelters and new city partnerships to help Houston kids learn at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

During the news conference, Turner announced that there were 115 new cases in the city, bringing the total up to 2,239. Turner also said there were two additional coronavirus-related deaths in Houston, bringing the total to 18. Both people who died were elderly and had underlying health conditions.

Here are the highlights of the press conference:

Partnership with Russell Westbrook, Comp-U-Dopt

The city has partnered with Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation and Comp-U-Dopt to help students in need of computers in order to do their schoolwork.

According to Turner, the Rockets player donated 650 computers to Comp-U-Dopt — a non-profit organization that helps provide access to technology to kids in need.

Comp-U-Dopt executive director, Colin Dempsey said the organization has gotten over 25,000 applications for a computer from families who do not have one at home.

Dempsey said they have already given out 1,000 and plan to give out 400 more per week. Anyone interested in applying, donating or wanting to learn more about the organization can go to Compudopt.org.

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