Mayor Turner announces survey aimed at understanding COVID-19 infection rate in Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner gives an update on COVID-19 cases in Houston on Aug. 31, 2020.
Mayor Sylvester Turner gives an update on COVID-19 cases in Houston on Aug. 31, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday that the city was going to conduct a new survey that will help officials understand how many people in the city were previously infected with COVID-19.

Antibody testing survey

The Houston Health Department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine to perform the antibody testing survey in the Houston area.

The survey will help city leaders and health officials identify people infected in the past with the virus by the presence of antibodies, proteins the body’s immune system makes to fight infections.

How it will work

Officials said homes will be randomly selected across the Houston area for the survey. Those homes will be visited by team members of the health department and Houston Fire Department paramedics, officials said.

Household members will be asked to answer questions and provide a blood sample.

The program will be done in two phases.


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