Cy-Fair COVID count still on the rise

The city of Houston released guidelines for celebrating Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic while case numbers continue to rise around Harris County and the state.

Numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services showed a total of 5,760 new cases in Texas as of Friday, with an estimate of 88,206 active cases statewide. Harris County Public Health Data showed a total of 157,392 confirmed cases.

Despite rising numbers across the state and in Houston, the city of Houston put out guidelines for Houstonians on how best to safely trick or treat during the pandemic.

“The City of Houston is not canceling Halloween this year, but we are discouraging people from gathering in large groups. It is important that we keep the COVID-19 numbers moving in the right direction. This requires us to be smarter about how we trick-or-treat,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “Families and children can still have a ghoulish good time without jeopardizing their health and safety during the pandemic.”

One suggestion given in a news release by the Houston Health Department is placing goodie bags outside for children to pick up to limit the spread of contact.

Other suggestions from the department include virtual costume parties, and a scary movie night with household members. They also stated that people wearing costumes with masks still need to wear a cloth face mask covering the mouth and nose under their mask.

Numbers have gone up around Cy-Fair as well. Harris County Public Health Data shows the number of active cases rose from 962 to 1,098 as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The number of deaths increased slightly this well, from 91 to 93, their data showed.

Data was compiled using ZIP codes in the Cypress Creek Mirror’s coverage area: 77040, 77041, 77065, 77070, 77086, 77095, 77429, 77433. Of the ZIP codes collected, 77433 saw the sharpest increase, from 93 active cases to 127 active cases. The ZIP code with the highest number of active cases is still 77040, with a total of 258 active cases, and 77086 with the second highest number at 163.

The testing centers closest to Cypress this week are MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, which is offering testing between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Spring Creek Church of Christ, 14847 Brown Road in Tomball, which is offering testing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Wednesday.

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