Turner urges Houstonians to get tested, cancel holiday gatherings as positivity rate climbs

Turner urges Houstonians to get tested, cancel holiday gatherings as positivity rate climbs
Turner urges Houstonians to get tested, cancel holiday gatherings as positivity rate climbs

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged everyone Monday to get tested for coronavirus and cancel their holiday gatherings as the city’s positivity rate rises as Christmas approaches.

Turner said an additional 777 coronavirus cases were reported Monday, bringing the city’s total cases to 111,211. Three more deaths were also reported, bringing the city’s total deaths to 1,530.

The city’s positivity rate as is at 11.2%, up nearly a point from last week, Turner said.

“Please get tested before Christmas Eve,” Turner said.

The mayor said people should also cancel their gathering and postpone their holiday travel to help “avoid a surge on top of a surge.”

Vaccine in Houston

Turner said both the Houston Health Department and the Houston Fire Department will be getting 3,000 doses each. Those will be used to help vaccinate city employees and firefighters who qualify for the vaccine under current guidelines.

Officials said the state is still discussing who will qualify for the next phase of vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced over the weekend that frontline workers and people over the age of 75 should be allowed to get the vaccine next, but the final decision will be made by state leaders.


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