City of Houston Alert

Council Member Carolyn Evans-ShabazzHISD, METRO and City of Houston UpdatesWe are encouraging everyone to follow the CDC guidelines for large events and mass gatherings. This morning the recommendations was to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more, however the President has suggested avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

  • Mayor Turner has announced the cancellation of city sponsored, produced and permitted events through April 30, 2020.  
  • Vote passed to continue the disaster resolution indefinitely. 
  • Houston Public Libraries will remain closed.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (4) drive-in testing stations will soft launch: 2 in the City of Houston (Butler Stadium nd Delmar Stadium) and 2 in Harris County (Campbell Center and Berry Center). We are awaiting the PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment – HAZMAT) and swabs for the testing to arrive from the federal government. 
  • Proclamations will be postponed until the end of April 2020. 
  • Private testing will be available at Quest Labs and Lap Corp at $150.00 per test.
  • The Department of Public Works announced the COH water is safe.  Public Works is advising residents to only flush toilet paper in small amounts at a time.  Wipes and other objects should not be flushed down toilets.
  • Starting tomorrow at 8:00am, restaurants must close their dine in options and continue their services via take out, delivery and drive through for the next 15 days.  Bars and clubs must close.  

HISD expands number of food distribution sites to 36
In response to high demand on Saturday, March 14 at Chavez High School, HISD, in partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market program, will offer daily food distribution at 31 additional campuses beginning Wednesday, March 18 and continuing through Friday, March 20.
Meal distribution sites are open to all families. Sites have been strategically located throughout the district to ensure all families have access. Specific dates and times are listed below. Distribution will take place outside in the parking lot. The program will continue to be evaluated throughout the week and extended, as needed.
The updated list of all sites and times is below.
Monday, March 16 (Unchanged)

  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale Road, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 (Unchanged)

  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale Road, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 – 6 p.m.


Wednesday March 18 (Note new locations and times)

  • Bonham Elementary School, 8302 Braes River Dr., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Rd., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Furr High School., 520 Mercury Dr., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Kelso Elementary School, 5800 Southmund St., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Dr., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Dr., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock Rd., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence St., 3 – 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 19 (Note new locations and times)

  • Ashford Elementary School, 1815 Shannon Valley Dr., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Austin High School, 1700 Dumble St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Clifton Middle School, 6001 Golden Forest Dr., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sterling High School, 11625 Martindale Rd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tinsley Elementary School, 11035 Bob White Dr., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wesley Elementary School, 800 Dillard St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Worthing High School, 9215 Scott St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Yates High School, 3650 Alabama St., 3 – 6 p.m.


Friday, March 20 (Note new locations and times)

  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Ln., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Burbank Middle Schoolm 315 Berry Rd., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Fondren Middle School, 6333 S. Braeswood Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Henry Middle School, 10702 E. Hardy Rd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Jones Futures Academy, 7414 St. Lo Rd., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Dr., 3 – 6 p.m.

As families gather at the food distribution sites, it’s important to practice social distancing as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of illness. The CDC encourages maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
HISD is continuing to monitor the situation and stay in close contact with health and education officials and will provide updates as necessary. Families are encouraged to bring their own bags, totes, or other storage when visiting meal distribution locations. For updates and information, please visit www.houstonisd.org/HealthAlerts


METRO UPDATES
METRO understands the critical role public transportation provides for the region and is continuing to expand its public service efforts to help safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).Later this week (week of 3/16):More buses will be put in service on heavily traveled local routes in order to lessen crowdingApproximately 50 percent fewer seats will be available on busesThere will be fewer available seats on light rail and METROLift as well 
These additional safety measures are designed to encourage responsible social distancing on local bus routes, light rail, Park & Rides and METROLift. 
Stay informed by subscribing to receive service alerts for the route(s) of your choice. We’ll send real-time, personalized route information straight to your email for free. It takes just seconds to subscribe.You can also monitor METRO’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.As always, METRO Customer Service can be reached at 713-635-4000.
Information has been updated on the www.ridemetro.org website.  Please see below addressing “social distancing”.
https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/Coronavirus.aspxIn addition to the steps above, the Authority will continue:Putting an even greater emphasis on disinfecting surfaces frequently touched by the public during our daily bus and rail cleaningDisplaying posters along the system reminding riders of public health officials’ recommendations to stop the spread of germsCommunicating safety messages on service alertsRemaining in close and continuous communication with local public health and emergency management officials to monitor developmentsEvaluating the threat of this virus and responding appropriatelyProviding service, and doing so safely
Protecting the health and safety of patrons, employees and the community is METRO’s number one priority. News Releases03/16/20- METRO Expands Public Safety Efforts, Adjusts Some Service, Encourages Social Distancing on System03/06/20- METRO Steps Up Public Service Efforts, Cleaning to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Take Care of YourselfWhile METRO uses an antibacterial disinfectant to clean vehicles and facilities, self-care is still the best protection. It is important that you rely on credible sources for information and follow the guidance of health officials who suggest the following:Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol)Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household spray or wipesPractice social distancing – keep distance between yourself and othersWhen coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with tissue or your armAvoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth with unwashed handsIf you feel sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider before returning to workIf you travel internationally and you return home with symptoms of COVID-19, please check with your doctor Coronavirus (COVID-19) HotlineIf you have questions about coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 hotline staffed by the Houston Health Department…Phone: 832-393-4220Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Additional ResourcesNationalCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
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Houston on it’s way to a complete shut down.

Photo by Jennice Jackson

Is the city easing us into a total shut down. The Medical Center in Houston is one of the world biggest and best places for patient care. Nevertheless it too has been majorly impacted by the Corona Virus. This place on a Tuesday is almost like a Ghost town. Certain places are being section off from the general public. All you will see is scrubs. They are closing doors to visitors. The restaurants along the streets of the Medical Center have signs up listing temporary times of service as well as signs that so closed til future notice. This is not going to be resolved easily.

The rail has fewer passengers. Face mask are everywhere. In and out. That’s seems to be the phrase of the day and the up coming weeks.

Went for lunch at MOD Pizza and got a surprise. Only a 10 allowed in at a time.

Line out side.

No eating inside. Grab and go! In the inside of the restaurant there was nothing but a line. Matching the lengthy one outside. No chairs out some tables turn down.

This is serious whether you believe it or not.

The world is in mess. What will be done to end this. School in Houston have been closed and it looks as though they will be closed for the rest of the year. All classes are being done online.