To assist in keeping you and your family safe, we are compiling an ongoing list of coronavirus resources.  Check back here often, as we will continue to update this page as the news and updated resources come in.  And as always, if you or your loved ones needs in-home assistance with their daily routines, we are here to help.  Give Home Vitality Care a call at 281-580-9955 or contact us online.


Harris County and Houston Call Centers for Coronavirus

On March 10th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH), in partnership with Harris Health announced a call center resource for residents in unincorporated Harris County who do not have a healthcare provider and who need access to coronavirus-related care.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 10th, the Ask My Nurse line will provide help with access for symptoms assessments and referral to appropriate levels of care in a clinical setting. Harris County will also staff a call line with public health staff who will be available to answer questions from the general public about coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Harris Health System
www.harrishealth.org
Ask-My-Nurse
713-634-1110*
*This number is 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., everyday clinical-related questions

These Are Other Call Center Numbers for Harris County & Houston:

Other Call Center Information related to COVID-19 (We doubt any of you are in Fort Bend, but we left it on for info. In case you have friends/family there):

For Harris County Residents:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)
www.hcphtx.org\COVID-19
www.ReadyHarris.org
832-927-7575*
*This number is 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., everyday

For City of Houston Residents:
Houston Health Department
www.HoustonHealth.org
www.HoustonEmergency.org
832-393-4220*
*This number is staffed 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m - 3 p.m. on Sat.

For Fort Bend County Residents:
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
www.fbchealth.org/ncov
281-633-7795*
*This number is Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


What is Currently Known About The Confirmed
Houston-Area Coronavirus Cases

https://abc13.com/health/montgomery-co-has-2nd-presumptive-positive-covid-19-case/5999764/


Recent Explanation of Cases in Houston and Surrounding Areas

https://dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus


HHS Monitors COVID-19, Provides New Guidance to Child Care Facilities

https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news/2020/03/hhs-monitors-covid-19-provides-new-guidance-child-care-facilities


15 Days to Slow The Spread

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf


See If You Qualify for Coronavirus Testing

There is a screening tool to see if you qualify for testing for the Corona Virus on the Harris County Public Health’s website (HCPH):  https://checkforcorona.com/harris-county#/welcome

Testing sites are available:  http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

Scroll down and click on the gold bar for instructions.

Scroll to below the list of Harris County confirmed cases and there is a link to the map of HCPH’s quadrant breakdown (NW, NE, SW, SE).


What Harris County’s Stay Home, Work Safe Order mean for your community?

https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home


Mandatory Face Coverings Required for 30 Days Beginning 4/27/20

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed a new order today mandating that everyone over the age of 10 wear a face covering when outside their home. This order will be in effect at 12:01AM on Monday, April 27, 2020 and will continue until May 26, 2020 at 11:59PM. Full Text of the Order can be viewed here: https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Home Understanding the Order When leaving your home and when in public places all persons over the age of ten (10) must wear some form of face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

  • Public places include pharmacies, grocery stores, public transit, or work areas where it is difficult to maintain the recommended 6 feet of social distance.
  • Face coverings may be a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, as long as it covers the nose and mouth (see link below on how to make your own). Exceptions to
  • Mandatory Face Coverings You must wear a face covering at all times, except:
  • When eating or drinking;
  • When you are exercising or doing physical activities outdoors;
  • When you are alone in a single space, indoors or outdoors;
  • When you are at home with other family members who live with you; or,
  • When wearing a face covering poses a mental, physical, safety or security risk (i.e. someone who has trouble breathing).

Choosing and Wearing a Face Covering:

Harris County cannot provide face coverings to residents. We encourage residents to purchase or make a face covering to wear. When choosing a face covering, we encourage residents NOT to use medical or N-95 masks so they remain available for health care providers and first responders. The CDC provides instructions on how to make different types of cloth face covering from items in your home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html