‘Moving in the wrong direction’: Coronavirus positivity rate increases in Houston, mayor says

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner updated residents on the city’s positivity rate and coronavirus cases as of Monday.

On Oct. 13, Turner set a new goal for the city of Houston, hoping to lower the rate to 2.5% by mid-November. The new goal was set by Turner after the city reached its original 5% goal in early October.

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On Monday, he said the city is “moving in the wrong direction” after seeing an increase in its positivity rate. Turner reports the city’s positivity rate is now 6.5%.

“I am worried this could be the first signs of a trend in the wrong direction that could sicken more Houstonians and strain our hospital system,” Turner said.

As of Monday, the Houston Health Department reported 168 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths.

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