Public health officials in Harris County confirmed 363 new cases of COVID-19 on June 2, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 13,027. A total of 163 cases were confirmed in the city of Houston while 200 new cases were confirmed in Harris County outside of the city.
County officials have now confirmed 751 new cases over the past two days and 1,746 new cases over the past week.
As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, the Harris County Public Health Department released a statement asking people to take precautionary measures if they plan to attend a protest.
"When a member of our community comes forward with cries in pain, it is our duty to acknowledge, empathize, and embrace them and listen to them," officials wrote in the release. "As we all slowly take steps to heal, we ask that if you choose to protest, please also consider ways to simultaneously demonstrate love/compassion for our neighbors and our beloved community. We also ask that you take steps to protect yourself and those around you by wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently."
The number of COVID-19 patients in Harris County hospitals rose for the fourth straight day and now stands at 645 on June 1, up from 501 on May 29, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
A total of 175,432 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Harris County, according to state date, including 27,544 over the past week. However, that figure cannot be used to determine the rate of positive cases in the county as it 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.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Harris County increased by one June 2 and now stands at 236.