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Houston COVID-19 Resources

More than 11,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed across the Houston region since March and the virus has caused serious disruption to the Houston economy. This page is designed to provide resources and information concerning the virus to businesses and individuals in our region. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. 

Gov. Abbott's Report to Open Texas

On April 27, Governor Abbott released the Report to Open Texas, which lays out a clear plan for reopening closed businesses across the state in a phased approach. The plan allowed many customer-oriented businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, Friday, May 1 with restrictions on capacity in place. Governor Abbott announced further guidance for the reopening of other sectors on May 5.

On May 18, Governor Abbott announced that the state is ready to begin the next phase of reopening, issuing guidance for expanded capacities of select industries and the reopening of additional sectors including child care offerings, recreational activities and bars. Access the full report via the link below and find guidance for specific industries and allowable open dates. 

Greater Houston Business Recovery Center

As businesses of all sizes across industry sectors continue to respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, company leaders must begin to plan for the recovery period that lies ahead. In an effort to build a business-led recovery initiative for the greater Houston region, the Partnership has established the Greater Houston Business Recovery Center (GHBRC), which will provide guidance on policy and financing related to recovery programs.

Houston Business Barometer Week 9: Area Companies Look to Reassess Telecom Needs, Office Layout and Size Post-COVID

More than half of area companies say they have recalled some or all of their employees who had been working from home back to the workplace in recent weeks, according to the latest survey from the Greater Houston Partnership. 

COVID-19 Business Forum

The Greater Houston Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact. These presentations with local experts and business leaders are being conducted via teleconference. 

Reopen Houston Monitoring Dashboard

Reopening successfully will require maintaining a fine balance between public health vigilance and economic recovery. To monitor this balance, the Partnership has established this dashboard in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center. The dashboard includes a compilation of critical metrics spanning healthcare factors, economic metrics and local measures of citizen activity. A combined reading of these metrics can inform state and local elected officials and business leaders as we navigate the path to recovery.

Work Safe 2.0: 15 Principles to Guide Houston's Reopen Effort

The Partnership has established these 15 principles for companies that are operating now or preparing to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Strategies & Tools for Small Businesses

The Census and The Coronavirus

The Houston region's ability to recover from the pandemic depends greatly on the resources available to our community. Federal funding to support healthcare, education, infrastructure and other critical services depend on an accurate count of our region. Census results also determine political representation. Unfortunately, the Houston region’s response rate to the 2020 Census is trailing behind the nation. If you haven’t already, please fill out the Census via the link below. To learn more about the impact of the Census on the Houston region click here

Recent News

News and Studies

An infectious disease expert from Rice University talks about the good, the bad and the future effects of our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Report from the collaborative Understanding Houston that analyzes community data to better understand how COVID-19 stands to impact vulnerable populations in the Houston area.

Latest headlines and frequently asked questions at the local level. 

Up to the minute updates on the coronavirus situation in the Houston area. 

Coronavirus updates across the state. 

COVID-19 is rippling through the U.S. economy and impacting workers. To provide policymakers and the public with guidance on steps to take to mitigate widespread economic shock, the Economic Policy Institute put together this toolkit with research-based analysis.

Analysts' outlook on how the U.S. will cope during and after the shutdown.

As governments make significant interventions in response to the coronavirus, businesses are rapidly adjusting to the changing needs of their people, their customers and suppliers, while navigating the financial and operational challenges.

The majority of Houston-area families report COVID-19 is negatively impacting well-being, employment, education and more, according to this community impact survey.

This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies.

Edelman conducted a 12-market study on the critical role brands are expected to play during the coronavirus pandemic, completed on March 26. 

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