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The Houston Health Department is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected. We know our recommendations will have a major impact on the lives of Houstonians, but we are making them in order to best protect the health of our community. The possibility of community spread of COVID-19 in Houston is a significant escalation of the situation and requires all of us to be more vigilant to help reduce our risk of exposure. These steps are recommended until further notice. The Houston Health Department is continually re-evaluating. For updated information, visit the city's Coronavirus Information page at

Guidance for people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 Illness

People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older.
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
  • People who have weakened immune systems.
  • People who are pregnant.

Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.