Coronavirus Update: The city’s efforts to keep you healthy, safe and informed

HOUSTON – The City of Houston is encouraging everyone to follow the CDC guidelines for large events and mass gatherings. City and health officials are recommending everyone to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more, however President Donald Trump has suggested avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

Here’s what the city is doing locally to ensure the safety of its residents:

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced the cancellation of city sponsored, produced and permitted events through April 30, 2020.
  • Vote passed to continue the disaster resolution indefinitely.
  • Houston Public Libraries will remain closed.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (4) drive-in testing stations will soft launch: 2 in the City of Houston (Butler Stadium and Delmar Stadium) and 2 in Harris County (Campbell Center and Berry Center). The city is awaiting the PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment – HAZMAT) and swabs for the testing to arrive from the federal government.
  • Proclamations will be postponed until the end of April 2020.
  • Private testing will be available at Quest Labs and Lap Corp at $150.00 per test.
  • The Department of Public Works announced the COH water is safe.  Public Works is advising residents to only flush toilet paper in small amounts at a time.  Wipes and other objects should not be flushed down toilets.
  • As of 8 a.m. on March 18, restaurants were ordered to close their dine in options and continue their services via take out, delivery and drive through for the next 15 days.  Bars and clubs must close.  

Food distribution sites at area schools


HISD, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, offered daily food distribution at 36 campuses.

Meal distribution sites, open to all families, have been strategically located throughout the district to ensure all families have access. Meals were distributed in the parking lot. The program, which was scheduled to end March 20, will be evaluated and extended, as needed.

As families gather at the food distribution sites, it’s important to practice social distancing as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of illness. The CDC encourages maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from other people.

HISD is continuing to monitor the situation and stay in close contact with health and education officials and will provide updates as necessary. Families are encouraged to bring their own bags, totes, or other storage when visiting meal distribution locations. For updates and information, please visit


On Monday, March 16, Fort Bend ISD began offering “Grab and Go” meals at no cost to anyone 18 and under and to students with disabilities without regards to age, at 11 campuses from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Children do not need to be enrolled in Fort Bend ISD to get free breakfast and lunch, but all children will need to be present in order to pick up the meals.


Aldine ISD Child Nutrition Services provided free meals during the week of March 16-20 and on March 23. To provide additional support to families, Child Nutrition staff offered Grab and Go breakfast and a hot lunch via curbside service, at select campuses. Students 18 and under had to be present to receive meals. Breakfast was served from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch was served 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meals were located at the front of each school.

The district is following the guidance and expertise of the CDC as well as local and state health agencies. The latest updates and changes can be found here at

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METRO understands the critical role public transportation provides for the region and is continuing to expand its public service efforts to help safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of 3/16:

  • More buses will be put in service on heavily traveled local routes in order to lessen crowding
  • Approximately 50 percent fewer seats will be available on buses
  • There will be fewer available seats on light rail and METROLift as well


These additional safety measures are designed to encourage responsible

social distancing on local bus routes, light rail, Park & Rides and METROLift.

Stay informed by subscribing to receive service alerts for the route(s) of your choice. METRO will send real-time, personalized route information straight to your email for free. It takes just seconds to subscribe.


You can also monitor METRO’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

As always, METRO Customer Service can be reached at 713-635-4000.

Information has been updated on the website.  Please see below addressing “social distancing”.

In addition to the steps above, the Authority will continue:

  • Putting an even greater emphasis on disinfecting surfaces frequently touched by the public during our daily bus and rail cleaning
  • Displaying posters along the system reminding riders of public health officials’ recommendations to stop the spread of germs
  • Communicating safety messages on service alerts

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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