Mayor Turner gives latest update on COVID-19 pandemic, answers questions regarding protests

Mayor Turner pleads with police brutality protesters to keep rallies peaceful

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner gave the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic and answered questions regarding protests that have taken place in Houston in memory of George Floyd.

Here are the following subjects that were addressed during the press conference:

COVID-19 update

Turner wanted to emphasize that everyone is still dealing with the coronavirus and that it is still here despite the marches and protests.

The Houston Health Department reported 337 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the city’s total to 7,743. The total of new cases is from two days of reporting. The Houston Health Department reports two deaths, increasing the city’s total to 131 deaths.

Turner said 30 of those deaths are associated with nursing homes and three from Harris County Jail. He said the patients, a white woman in her 80s and a black woman in her 70s, both had underlying health conditions.

Turner wanted to remind residents that the city is still providing free testing sites. He said there are currently 27 sites throughout the city of Houston.

The mayor warned residents to not drop their guard while participating in demonstrations to avoid a surge in COVID-19 cases. He also reminded those who do protest to wear masks, social distance and practice good hygiene.

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