Public health officials in Harris County confirmed 388 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths June 1, including data from the city of Houston, bringing the total case count to 12,664. The numbers for the city of Houston includes data from May 31, as pubic health workers have recently been given Sundays off, according to a post to the department's Twitter feed.
Today, we report 337* new cases of #COVID19, bringing #Houston’s total to 7,743. *This is a two-day total due to the health department now having Sundays off.
(1/2) #hounews #StopTheSpread #BetterTogether #ProtectTheH @HoustonTX @houmayor @HoustonOEM @hcphtx @readyharris pic.twitter.com/mkGt0PhNRV
— Houston Health Dept (@HoustonHealth) June 1, 2020
Total deaths in Harris County now stand at 235. Two new deaths confirmed by the city of Houston included a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s. Demographic details were not released for the one new death confirmed in Harris County outside of the city of Houston.
The case count update comes as the total number of new coronavirus cases confirmed over the past week—May 24-30—were less than the previous week, May 17-23. With protests over the death of George Floyd expected to continue this week in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner has called for social distancing, and use of sanitizer and masks among protesters.
The number of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals increased May 31 to 625, up from 501 on May 29 and 526 from a week prior on May 24, according to data compiled by the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. Of the 12,664 cases confirmed in Harris County, 7,450 are considered active while another 4,979 are confirmed to have recovered.
The county has now conducted 169,594 tests at both private and public labs, a number that includes both PCR swab tests, which determine active infections from the new coronavirus, and serology tests, which identify antibodies against the virus to determine past infection.