Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a new Stay Home Work Safe advisory effective at noon today, moving Harris County to “the highest possible threat level” for COVID-19.
Just two weeks after introducing a4-level, color-coded system designed to educate the public on the current threat level locally regarding the spread of the coronavirus, Hidalgo announced that Harris County is now at Level 1 (Red) which “signifies a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County”.
“The harsh truth is that our current infection rate is on pace to overwhelm our hospitals in the very near future. We hope this serves as a wakeup call to everyone that the time to act is now,” Judge Hidalgo said.
Under the Level 1 threat system, people are urged to:
- Stay home as much as possible, only leaving for essential tasks like grocery shopping and getting medicine
- Don’t attend or host gatherings of any size
- Take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the virus if you’re an essential worker
- Self-quarantine for 14 days if in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus
- Wear face coverings when outside your home
- Don’t travel unless essential for business
- Don’t visit nursing homes, hospitals, or long-term care facilities
Hidalgo continued to plea to residents to do their part to flatten the curve and help their community.
“Since when did we decide as a society that instead of saving a life and preventing the spread of the virus, we would treat human lives, the lives of our neighbors as collateral damage to be dealt with?” Hidalgo remarked.
Hidalgo’s announcement comes on the same day as Governor Abbott’s order that bars must shut down and restaurants will have to scale back capacity.