Turner says coronavirus is running ‘rampant’ in Houston with more than 1,500 new cases Monday

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner said that COVID-19 is running rampant in the city of Houston Monday as he announced 1,544 new cases bringing the city’s total to well over 30,000 cases.

Turner was joined by Houston’s Health Authority Dr. David Persse and Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Peña, among others. Turner also reported eight new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the city’s death total to 277. Of those deaths, 77 are associated with nursing homes and three to Harris County Jail, Turner said. The number of deaths at the county jail remains stagnant.

Turner said the numbers that are being reported are out of control and it is critical.

“COVID-19 is a virus that continues to run rampant, still out of control. What we do today and over the next few weeks is critical to getting the virus in control and virus we can manage. As you can see those impacted and dying from 40-90 and even no underlying health conditions,” he said.

Turner said the virus does not discriminate and will impact anyone who is in close proximity to others.

“Star Houston Rockets player Russel Westbrook tests positive. (It’s a) reminder this virus doesn’t care who you are,” he said.

The mayor stressed that residents must to continue to practice social distancing and wear masks. Turner said he wants the economy to remain open but said it is important the city deal with the virus.

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