COH H& D

May. 30, 2020
CITY OF HOUSTON MUNICIPAL COURTS EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF ALL JURY TRIALS TO AUGUST 3, 2020 TO CONTINUE THE PROMOTION OF SAFE DISTANCING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

HOUSTON In an effort to continue to encourage the health and safety of the public and court staff members from the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has extended the suspension of ALL JURY TRIALS through August 3, 2020 in conjunction with the Texas Supreme Court’s Order. The Court remains open for all other proceedings.

Members of the public should contact a health care provider and not come to court if they are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19. Once cleared by a physician, individuals may visit any City of Houston court location to speak with an Annex Judge to reset a case.  Masks/facial coverings must be worn at all times within the courthouse facility.  Temperatures will be taken before entry is granted. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for continued updates on all court locations and hours of operation.

If your jury trial was scheduled from June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020, resets will be given in person at all City of Houston court locations beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through Friday, September 4, 2020 until 5 p.m.  Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for information on all court locations and hours of operation.  It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) when Municipal Court resumes operations, an arrest warrant may be issued.

Through August 3, 2020, there will be:

  • NO JURY TRIALS. If you are a DEFENDANT scheduled for jury trial during this period, you do not have to appear. You must reschedule your setting in person no later than Friday, September 4, 2020 until 5:00 p.m., to receive a new court date. All jury trials will resume on Monday, August 3, 2020 unless further notification is provided.  It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) during the reset period by September 4, 2020, an arrest warrant may be issued.
  • NO JURY DUTY.  If you have been scheduled for Jury Duty at the City of Houston Municipal Courts during the period of June 1, 2020-June 19, 2020 at the Central location at 1400 Lubbock or the Westside location at 3202 South Dairy Ashford, you do not have to appear, and you do not have to reschedule your jury service.  Jury duty will resume Monday, August 3, 2020 unless further notification is provided. 

For additional announcements and information please call the City of Houston Helpline at 3-1-1, or 713.837.0311 if outside of the City of Houston, or visit the Municipal Courts website at www.houstontx.gov/courts.

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EL DEPARTAMENTO DE LAS CORTES MUNICIPALES DE LA CIUDAD DE HOUSTON EXTIENDE LA SUSPENSIÓN DE LOS JUICIOS POR JURADO HASTA
EL 3 DE AGOSTO, 2020 PARA SEGUIR PROMOVIENDO EL
DISTANCIAMIENTO SEGURO DEBIDO A COVID-19

HOUSTON, Texas – Con la intención de seguir resguardando la salud y seguridad del público y del personal de las cortes en contra del contagio de COVID-19, el Departamento de las Cortes Municipales de la Ciudad de Houston ha extendido la suspensión de TODOS LOS JUICIOS POR JURADO hasta el 3 de agosto, 2020 conforme a la orden de la Corte Suprema de Texas. Las cortes permanecen abiertas para todos los demás procedimientos.  
 
El público debe contactar con su proveedor de servicios médicos y no acudir a la corte si está experimentando síntomas como los de COVID-19. Una vez que reciba el alta de un médico, los individuos pueden acudir a cualquier corte de la Ciudad de Houston para hablar con un juez de la sala anexa para recibir un aplazamiento de su caso. Cubiertas faciales/máscaras son obligatorias en todo momento una vez dentro del edificio de la corte. Una toma de temperatura se efectuará antes de autorizar el ingreso en el edificio. Favor de visitar el sitio web de Las Cortes Municipales en www.houstontx.gov/courts para recibir información actualizada sobre nuestras ubicaciones y horas de operación.

Si su juicio por jurado fue programado entre el 1 de junio de 2020 y el 31 de julio de 2020, los aplazamientos se otorgarán en persona en todas las ubicaciones de Las Cortes Municipales de la Ciudad de Houston empezando miércoles el día 1 de julio, 2020 hasta viernes el día 4 de septiembre, 2020 hasta las 5 p.m. Favor de visitar el sitio web de las Cortes Municipales en www.houstontx.gov/courts para recibir información sobre todas las ubicaciones de las cortes y sus horas de operación. Es importante entender que, si un individuo no logra aplazar su caso una vez que las cortes reanuden sus funciones, una orden para su arresto puede ser emitida.

Hasta el 3 de agosto de 2020 no habrá:

  • JUICIOS POR JURADO.  Si usted es un ACUSADO programado para juicio por jurado durante este período, no tiene que comparecer. Tiene que solicitar una nueva cita en persona antes de viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2020 hasta las 5:00 p.m., para recibir una cita nueva.  Los juicios por jurado comenzarán de nuevo el lunes, 3 de agosto de 2020 si no se les notifica al contrario.  Es importante notar que si un individuo no cambia la cita de su(s) caso(s) durante el período de cambios que dura hasta el 4 de septiembre de 2020, se podrá emitir una orden de arresto.
  • SERVICIO DE JURADO.  Si usted tiene cita para servicio de jurado en las Cortes Municipales de la Ciudad de Houston durante el período entre el 1 de junio de 2020 y el 19 de junio de 2020 en la Ubicación Central en 1400 Lubbock o en la Occidental en 3202 South Dairy Ashford, no tiene que comparecer y no tiene que pedir una nueva cita. El servicio de jurado se reanudará lunes el día 3 de agosto, 2020 a menos que se le notifique al contrario.
Para recibir comunicados e información adicionales, favor de llamar a la Línea de Ayuda de la Ciudad de Houston en 3-1-1, o 713.837.0311 si se encuentra fuera de la Ciudad de Houston. Alternativamente, puede visitar el sitio web de las Cortes Municipales en www.houstontx.gov/courts.
 
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May. 24, 2020

CitizensNet: Houston Health Department, agency partners to provide free COVID-19 tests across Houston | 05-24-2020

The Houston Health Department and its agency partners will set up new sites offering free COVID-19 tests for the week of May 26, 2020.

Texas Division of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the department will open two drive-thru test sites:

  • Kingwood Park Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood, May 26 – 27
  • Sagemont Church Annex, 11600 Hughes Road, May 28 – 30.
TDEM sites require appointments, available by calling 512-883-2400 or visiting txcovidtest.org. The sites will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until each reaches its daily capacity of 250 tests.

United Memorial Medical Center
United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will open a new drive-thru and walk-up test site at the Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center, 6402 Market Street. UMMC will continue to offer drive-thru testing at its site at Houston Community College-Southeast, 6815 Rustic. 
 
Each site will open May 26-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests. The sites don’t require people to have symptoms or appointments.

People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.  

Kroger Health
Kroger Health and the health department will operate a free drive-thru test site at the Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Drive, May 26-30.
 
The site requires appointments by visiting krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. It will open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 175 tests.
 
Houston Health Department
The department will continue to operate two free drive-thru COVID-19 community-based testing sites open to anyone, regardless of symptoms. Each site has capacity for 500 tests per day and opens daily until capacity is reached.

People can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive an access code and directions to the nearest site.
 
New days of operation for the sites beginning Tuesday, May 26, are Monday through Saturday. The sites will close on Sundays beginning May 31.

Federally Qualified Health Centers
The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to four local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are:
  • Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565
  • El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880
  • Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027 and
  • Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 346-348-1200.

FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians should visit
HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston test sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.

 

May. 22, 2020


"Keith and I go back 46 years, to our days on the campus of the University of Houston.

After I was speaker of the student government, he was president. Our journey in politics started on the UH campus.

Throughout his life, Keith championed the causes of labor, people who have been disenfranchised and he advocated for the rights of people to vote.

He was instrumental in so many campaigns in all levels of government. And that is true in my case as well. He was actively involved in my 2015 campaign and when I ran for re-election in 2019.

Keith served as a special advisor to both me and Mayor Annise Parker.

This is a sad day for a lot of people because Keith wasn’t just a consultant or a Special Advisor. He was a friend and a brother."