Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and other public health officials, continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, formerly known as coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Global Cases Map and Data
CDC is no longer doing confirmatory testing. A positive result from a local public health or state lab can be considered as confirmed cases. An epidemiological investigation has been started to quickly identify close contacts with the individuals.
This is a serious public health threat, county residents should plan for community spread and take everyday precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
People at Higher Risk
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Texas Information for Travelers Undergoing Self-Quarantine
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring road travelers from any location in Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
On March 30, 2020, Gov. Abbott extended the previous air traveler self-quarantine edict to include persons traveling from California; Louisiana; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami, Florida.
On March 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued a self-quarantine edict requiring air travelers from the tri-state area near New York City and from New Orleans to self-quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
Instructions for self-quarantined travelers can be found on the CDC COVID‑19 Traveler Information Card.
CDC recommends that older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to most global destinations:
CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time.
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.
Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters)
Egypt Nile River Cruise: M.S. A’sara
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, Houston Health Department, and Harris County Public Health ask any local residents who recently traveled to Egypt and took a Nile River cruise to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days and contact their local health department.
On March 5, 2020, the M.S. A’sara cruise traveling to and from Aswan, Egypt was quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure. Local health department officials are seeking M.S. A’sara passengers from the Greater Houston area who traveled on the cruise line from February 12 to March 5, 2020 because they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
|For Fort Bend County Residents:
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
This number is staffed Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00pm and
Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
|For City of Houston Residents:
Houston Health Department
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
|For Harris County Residents:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)
This number is staffed 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
COVID-19 CALL CENTERS
Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 1-877-570-9779.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has established a call center for your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General Public Line: 281-633-7795 and Physician and Community Partner Line: 281-344-6118.
Mental Health & Your Wellbeing
We know that taking care of your mental well-being during the outbreak of COVID-19 is important. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. We have set up a mental health resource line for those who just need someone to talk to.
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday- Sunday 10:00am to 2pm
COVID-19 Support Line and Resources Toll Free COVID-19 24/7 Support Line: 833-251-7544
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Stop the spread of germs
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization