Coronavirus in Houston, state ‘is out of control,' Mayor Turner says

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner said the coronavirus pandemic in Houston and in Texas is out of control and that Houstonians actions in the next few weeks were critical to slowing the spread of the deadly virus.

Turner was joined by Dr. David Persse, Fire Chief Sam Peña and police Chief Art Acevedo at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Turner started the news conference by reminding residents about the importance of filling out their 2020 Census form.

COVID-19 cases

The Houston Health Department reported 412 new coronavirus cases, bringing the city’s total to 26,012. The department also reported five additional COVID-19 related deaths, according to Turner

Turner said one patient was a Hispanic male in his 30s. He said all five patients had underlying health issues.

“The numbers are moving in the wrong directions for us,” Turner said.

He emphasized how it is vital that the city bring the cases down to 300 reports for at least seven days because it will make it more practical to engage with the city’s contact tracing.

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