‘I have lost patience’: Houston mayor tells people to wear masks, follow other health guidelines

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HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner during an update Monday reminded the public how prevalent coronavirus still is in the community.

According to Turner, 1,317 new cases were reported for Sunday and Monday, bringing the city’s total to 20,011. Turner also said that 224 coronavirus-related death have been reported in Houston, including five new deaths. Of those deaths, 64 are related to nursing homes, Turner said.

“Let me remind everyone that this virus is still very much prevalent within our community,” Turner said. “It is deadly. It’s insidious, so please take it seriously.”

Houston’s positivity rate at the end of April and pretty much through all of May was at 3%, but the percentage is now above 13%, Turner said.

“We are experiencing a surge currently in the city of Houston,” Turner said. “We cannot lose focus that our goal is to bring the number down to blunt the progression of this virus.”

Businesses not following the governor’s order

Turner thanked businesses that have adhered to the governor’s orders to restrict business or close again in order to stifle the spread of coronavirus.

However, Turner said there are still several businesses that are not complying.

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