Local officials, health experts to address Harris County 2020 death rate and how to help prevent 2021 from being a repeat

HOUSTON – Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia will be holding a news conference to address the county death rate in 2020 and how to prevent 2021 from becoming a repeat of last year.

According to a news release, deaths in Harris County jumped 22.7%, Hispanic deaths went up 44.6% and deaths in all age groups 15+ increased over 15%. The current positive test rates suggest 2021 could be deadlier, the release said.

Garcia will be joined by Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, with the Harris Health System and Dr. Dana Beckham, with Harris County Public Health for the news conference.

During the news conference, they also plan to discuss the status of patients in the Harris Health System.

The news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Click2Houston.com plans to offer a live stream of the event in the video player at the top of this article.

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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.