The COVID-19 positivity rate in Houston is rising

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday at a news conference that the COVID-19 positivity rate in the Houston area has risen to 11.2 percent. This represents a 2.4% increase in COVID-19 positive tests on Thanksgiving Day, when many Houstonians were tested before the holidays.

During the news conference, Turner said the Houston Department of Health reported 777 cases of COVID-19, bringing Houston’s total number to 111,211, along with three other deaths from the virus, bringing the total death toll to 1,530. .

While the number is steadily rising, there has also been an increase in holiday travel this year, another concern for public health officials.

Turner encourages Harris County residents not only to be tested before Christmas and New Year, but to cancel large gatherings.