Harris County orders schools closed until Sept. 8

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Many other counties have also ordered schools to push back their start dates for in-person learning. Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

Texas' most populous county ordered Friday that all public and non-religious private schools stay closed and provide online learning until after Labor Day due to concern over the continued spread of the coronavirus.

A joint public health order from Harris County and city of Houston health officials states schools must remain closed until at least Sept. 8. But the order could be extended beyond that date, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.

"We are all desperate to move on from this crisis and get life back to normal. September 8 is still likely too soon, but the truth is, the fastest way we can all work together to bring this virus under control, the sooner we will be in a position to reopen again for the long term,” Hidalgo said in a written statement.