Lina Hidalgo

Lina Hidalgo 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Nov. 26 that the county’s COVID-19 threat level had been downgraded from Orange (Level 2) to Yellow (Level 3) based on a further decreases in cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates for COVID-19.

The 14-day average of positive COVID-19 cases had decreased by 24 patients per day, while usage of hospital ICU beds were down nearly 9 percent, according to the county.

“With key trends moving in the right direction we’ve reached another encouraging milestone,” Hidalgo said.

There have been 585,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Houston and Harris County, according to the county’s COVID response dashboard, and there were more than 10,000 active cases as of Tuesday afternoon. At least 569,221 patients have recovered, while 6,523 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, according to county data.

Under the new threat level, the news release said fully vaccinated individuals can resume regular activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by law, rules or regulations.

“As the holiday season moves into full swing, I encourage everyone to do their part to help us avoid a winter spike other areas are facing,” Hidalgo said. “Celebrate this amazing time with the peace of mind that you’re doing what is right to protect yourself, your family and your friends by getting vaccinated.” 

For more indicators, guidance and COVID-related information for Harris County, visit

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