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‘What we are doing is saving lives’: Charts show Houston faring well in COVID-19 pandemic

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave his daily coronavirus update Wednesday where he continued to stress that Houstonians practice social distancing guidelines and stay home as much as possible to help flatten the curve of the deadly virus.

Turner announced there were 52 new cases reported in Houston, bringing the city’s total to 2,331. He also reported three new deaths, which put Houston’s total at 26. All of the people who died had underlying health conditions, Turner said.

Killinger announced that Reliant would be donating $300,000 Houston News to local first responders, healthcare workers and local non-profits as they work to provide crucial services to the community.

Of the $300,000, half will go toward the new Houston frontline fund to help get much-needed PPEs. The other $150,000 will go to the Houston COVID-19 recovery fund, which is a collaboration between the United Way and the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Rootes is the co-chair of the recovery fund, and he said the Press Release Distribution Service In Houston money will go toward helping people most in need. The fund will help those Houstonians with basic, urgent needs like healthcare, food and shelter, Rootes said.

Anyone interested in donating to the recovery fund can do so at People in need are urged to call 211, which is the Texas United Way helpline.

Things are looking up
While there continue to be new cases and deaths, Turner said the situation in Houston is starting to look better.

During the news conference, Turner showed charts on how Houston has fared compared to some of the country’s largest cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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