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Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has opened a drive-thru mega COVID-19 testing center in Missouri City at the Landmark Community Center, 100 Louisiana Street. Site will be open Monday-Saturday from 8am to 5pm. See flyer for more details and to make appointments at one of the Fort Bend County mega sites.
Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo raised its COVID-19 threat level to “red” which is the highest level signifying severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 in Harris County, meaning outbreaks are present and worsening, and public health capacity is strained or exceeded. At this level, unvaccinated residents should take action to minimize contact with others wherever possible and avoid leaving home except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to mask, physical distance, and avoid all gatherings.
Vaccinated individuals should follow the latest local public health guidance on whether to also wear a mask while indoors, in public spaces, in crowded outdoor settings, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. At this time, Fort Bend County’s COVID-19 threat level remains at "orange".
Low or no-cost COVID-19 testing is offered at several community-based testing sites, local pharmacies and other locations. Some urgent care centers may also offer testing; however there might be an associated cost. Residents may visit the following links for more details on some of the local testing sites:
Both Fort Bend and Harris Counties are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Harris County has also recorded a death associated with the Omicron variant; as such Harris County has raised its COVID-19 threat level to “orange” which is the second highest level signifying an uncontrolled level of transmission and warning to minimize all contacts unless fully vaccinated. At this time, Fort Bend County’s COVID-19 threat level remains at yellow.
Given that the test positivity rates are increasing around the region, here are some additional recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to safely enjoy holiday traditions and to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
Studies thus far on the Omicron variant shows that it is highly transmissible with a greater reinfection rate than the Delta variant. To ensure proper protection against all variants, emergency officials are recommending all individuals 5 years and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the City’s Medical Advisor Dr. Joe Anzaldua: “Booster shots have been shown to increase protection against infection. Researchers are broadly optimistic that if fully vaccinated (including booster) this will blunt severe disease and death due to Omicron.”
Whether you are looking for a first dose or a booster dose, COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available at various providers. Most sites are now accepting walk-ins, however, for additional details click on the links below for the appropriate entity:
Residents and businesses are encouraged to follow the COVID-19 protocols and guidances that are in place to help stop the spread during the holiday season. For more information, visit the City’s Emergency Management website, www.missouricityready.com.