4/6/2020 – 3:30PM The City of Houston reports 1,145 cases in the City of Houston. 402 cases exist in Houston
Ten deaths top the number with no new deaths reported today.
68 city employees have tested positive for COVID-19
28 positive cases are municipal workers. 19 HFD and 24 HPD personnel have tested positive for COVID-19. 220 quarantine. 165 asymptomatic are in quarantine due to contact with
Five firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 and have since recovered. 119 have tested positive and are being treated.
HPD 123 members have been tested for COVID-19. 119 tested positive. 24 are now positive among the force. 5 among them were added today. 44 have come back negative. 51 tests are still pending.
Among HPD civilian personnel, 4 tested. One negative and 3 are pending.
Chief Acevedo says the “good news,” four officers that have tested positive for COVID-19 have since recovered and returned to work.
The one officer who is in critical care on a ventilator, is showing “some hopeful signs.” The Chief asks that Houstonians keep “praying for him and his family because we had some hopeful signs today. He’s still in a tough spot.”
All the units are fully staffed. Call volume is slightly lower.
Crime continues to soften except for the increasing pattern of crimes: business burglaries and assaults (up 10%), including domestic violence (up 50%). Aggravated assaults at houses is up 70% where city and county order were implemented compared to this same time last year.
Walk away when you’re going to argue or fight about something. Turn around. Go to another room, the backyard, front yard. Just create space. Social distancing is not always about the physical and the virus. It’s also about the mental, emotional, and the situation we’re all dealing – the added stress.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo
Over the weekend, volleyball nets were also being removed in addition to the basketball goals around the city and surrounding county.
Officials say Easter and park activities are being marked off. Playgrounds are being marked off. 450 park basketball goals are being taken down for the time being. No recreational grouping is encouraged.
City officials say park parking is also being considered for closure if new rules aren’t adhered to.
4/6/2020 – 10AM – U.S. death near 10,000 as officials warn of hard week ahead.
The City of Houston is announcing new details about the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says a “medical shelter is being built outside NRG stadium while they clear out items associated with Rodeo Houston.” The rodeo was shut down March 11th.
Meanwhile, more jail inmates are testing positive for COVID-19. Three inmates are now positive. 800 other Harris County jail inmates are being quarantined.
Here is a look at that latest update.
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