Here are things you need to know for Friday, June 12:
1. 'Flatten the curve again’: Judge Hidalgo, Mayor Turner say recent spike in COVID-19 cases puts Houston-area at Threat Level 2
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a new system coronavirus threat level system that would help residents know what they need to do to avoid spreading the virus.
The system, which was paid for by funding from FEMA the CARES Act, breaks down threat levels in four tiers that are color-coded.
At present, Harris County is at Threat Level 2, Hidalgo said. At this level, while residents don’t need to strictly stay home at all times, they are advised to minimize all contact with other people as there is still a significant and uncontrolled level of coronavirus spread in the county.
2. Texas reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
Texas hit a new daily high in COVID-19 cases Wednesday with 2,504 new cases reported, according to data released Wednesday by the Texas Department of State Health Services. That topped the previous daily high of 1,949 cases May 31.