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11 Texas Sheriff Workers Fired, 6 Suspended in Inmate Death

AP News Radio

00:54 sec | 2 weeks ago

11 Texas Sheriff Workers Fired, 6 Suspended in Inmate Death

"Authorities in the Houston area say ten detention officers and a deputy have been fired after an inmate died in February from head injuries eleven terminations were announced by Harris County sheriff ed Gonzalez whose apologized to the family of two quarry Simmons and says their trust has been betrayed an internal affairs investigation found Simmons had gotten into two physical fights with detention officers February sixteenth Simmons was evaluated at a jail clinic and supposed to get X. rayed but didn't he was found unresponsive in his cell the next day the officers are accused of excessive force failing to document the use of force not intervening when a fellow officer used force and making false statements to investigators there's also a criminal case under way six other detention officers have been suspended and placed on probation I'm Jackie Quinn

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Biden Taps Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as ICE Director

AP 24 Hour News

00:36 sec | Last month

Biden Taps Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as ICE Director

"Texas sheriff has been picked to lead ice President Joe Biden has nominated Harris County, Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to be director of U. S Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency has operated without a Senate confirmed leader since 2017 ice has more than 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $8 billion. Gonzalez, whose jurisdiction includes the Houston metropolitan area, was a sharp critic of former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies. Gonzales withdrew Harris County from a federal partnership that authorizes sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration

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Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency

AP News Radio

00:41 sec | Last month

Houston-area sheriff is named to lead immigration agency

"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting a Texas sheriff is selected to lead ice president Joe Biden has nominated Harris County Texas sheriff ed Gonzalez to be director of U. S. immigration and customs enforcement the agency has operated without a Senate confirmed leader since twenty seventeen ice has more than twenty thousand employees and an annual budget of eight billion dollars good solid whose jurisdiction includes the Houston metropolitan area was a sharp critic of former president Donald trump's hardline immigration policies after his election in twenty sixteen consults with drew Harris County from a federal partnership that authorizes sheriff's deputies to enforce immigration laws Mike Rossi Washington

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Fired Humble ISD Teacher Facing New Charges of Molesting Boys

Smart Oil and Gas

00:39 sec | Last month

Fired Humble ISD Teacher Facing New Charges of Molesting Boys

"Students come forward the EMB Elias D T. Teacher male who was already charged with child child porn, faces new charges. He's a 35 year old teacher, and he was charged last night with promotion of child pornography and sexual performance by a child. He's already facing 10 counts of possession of child porn and another counter sexual performance. Prosecutor Jonah Stallings is with the Harris County adult sex crimes and Trafficking division. She says that she definitely believes he is a danger to the community messages he sent were first from a person named Sarah. Messages we came or explicit as they continued dating all the way back to December. This is the tax

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2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash

Daily Tech News Show

00:58 sec | 2 months ago

2 Killed in Driverless Tesla Car Crash

"National highway traffic safety administration in the united states and the national transportation safety board have both sent teams to investigate a fatal car crash involving twenty nine tesla model s in spring texas. The car went off the road. Coming out of cold sack. After failing to negotiate a slight curve at high speed harris county constable mark. Herman said one occupant was in the front passenger seat and one in the backseat. Neither occupant was in the driver's seat. Now it's not clear you might jump to the conclusion. But it's not clear if tesla autopilot was active when the car crashed. Tesla ceo elon. Musk had re tweeted news just earlier that same day. The tesla's autopilot feature was quote approaching ten times. Lower chance of accident than the average vehicle constable. Herman also noted that the car caught fire when it hit a tree and took more than thirty thousand gallons of water to extinguish because the battery kept reigniting and apparently they had to get in contact with tesla for some advice in how to get that fire to go

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Man Shot and Killed by Deputy in Harris County, Texas

Charlie Parker

00:33 sec | 2 months ago

Man Shot and Killed by Deputy in Harris County, Texas

"26 Year veteran will be charged. The Harris County Sheriff's office is investigating an officer involved shooting after a deputy fatally shot a man in his home in Houston. Assistant chief Mike Lee says the deputy attempted to taste the suspect, but it didn't work. That time. Our deputy discharged his weapon number of times striking the suspect. Authorities identified the suspect as 46 year old Marcello Garcia. Investigators say his wife called 911, saying Garcia was having a mental health episode when deputies arrived. That is what he came at them with a knife. Garcia's family says he

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Blasting Houston Leaders Over Opposition To New Voting Bills

Houston Matters

02:05 min | 2 months ago

Blasting Houston Leaders Over Opposition To New Voting Bills

"On today's panel houston chronicle editor of opinion. Lisa falkenberg vivian. Ho health economist at rice university and baylor college of medicine and marcus davis the breakfast club restaurant and host of fish grits and politics. Lisa vivian marcus. Welcome to houston matters. Craig thank you panel. Texas lieutenant governor. Dan patrick had some choice. Things to say. Tuesday about the houston area's leaders and voting procedures in the last election cycle patrick speaking at the state capital criticized harris county for twenty four hour drive thru voting and mass mailing absentee ballot applications to eligible county residents all efforts last november to improve voting access during the pandemic. And all of which would be outlawed if senate bill seven passes this session. Patrick noted harris county does not make policy and create law for the rest of the state. He was responding to a monday. Press conference here in houston in which leaders including mayor turner and harris county judge. Lena hidalgo criticized espy seven arguing. It would discourage minority voter participation. turner called the bill. Jim crow two point. Oh echoing criticism of similar legislation in georgia. Patrick called that characterization race baiting the rhetoric is strong from state and local leaders. Over sb seven and voting procedures. Is this good bad or ugly. Lisa falkenberg from the perspective of journalists. It's good because strong rhetoric makes great headlines right from a from a perspective of texan. Just a texan. Who wants my government work. you know. it's bad it's ugly. You did this. This whole argument is just ridiculous because during the presidential election no one at the aftermath. Nobody was screaming. Oh texas has all this fraud always went you know. We need a recount in texas. No everybody was perfectly fine with the way the election ran but afterward things are so bad that we need to have all this reform. Texas is already the hardest state of the union to cast a ballot in. We have no need for more restrictions

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Houston QB Deshaun Watson's lawyer granted emergency hearings over women's ID

This Morning with Gordon Deal

00:47 sec | 2 months ago

Houston QB Deshaun Watson's lawyer granted emergency hearings over women's ID

"The attorney for Texans quarterback to Shana Watson, calling out his client's accusers, demanding they go public with their identities to give Watson a chance to defend himself. Napolitano has those details. Sean Watson's attorney, Rusty Harden, was granted an emergency hearing by the Harris County District Court in Texas as he is now pushing for the release of the identities of 20 of 22 plaintiffs suing the Houston Texans quarterback claiming sexual assault. Misconduct. All but two accusers are using the pseudonym Jane Doe and Harden says the attorney behind those civil lawsuits. Tony Busby is using anonymity like a sword against Watson, who is now losing sponsorship deals over these allegations. Texans defensive coordinator Lovey Smith mom on the subject during the press conference Thursday for me is to stay and learn how to stay in my lane and I don't know enough about that situation. Watson continues to deny the allegations. Matt

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Houston's Harris County to remain at Red COVID-19 threat level

This Morning with Gordon Deal

00:43 sec | 2 months ago

Houston's Harris County to remain at Red COVID-19 threat level

"Cohen Cohen numbers numbers continue continue to to plummet plummet here here was was County County Judge Judge Lena Lena Hidalgo Hidalgo says says the the numbers numbers here here aren't aren't good good enough enough for for her her to to lower lower the the 10 10 month month old old code code Red Red threat threat level. level. We We just just got got through reviewing them again, and the experts tell me there is not a scientific reason to review them. So I would love and I'm sure I would get a ratings boost as the governor. You know, bragged when he made his announcement to say, Let's open everything. This is over. Good news. Everybody loves to deliver good news, but unfortunately my job is to protect the community. Hidalgo has had Harris County and Code Red since last June, despite used fluctuations in the county's covered number. Since then,

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Blasts Media Over Opposition To Texas Voting Bills

Sean Hannity

00:35 sec | 2 months ago

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Blasts Media Over Opposition To Texas Voting Bills

"Texas election bills. Remember, Let me repeat this for the media and for the Democrats. So they'll stop lying about it. We have not changed any dates on early voting. It's still starts two weeks before the election. Patrick says voter turnout turnout has has actually actually been been going going up up in in Texas Texas with with new new voter voter ID ID laws laws passed passed in in recent recent years, years, and and the the new new election election bills bills will will make make it it safer safer for for people people to to cast cast ballots. ballots. He He also also blasted blasted Houston Houston and and Harris Harris County County leaders leaders who called the Bills voter suppression. In a news conference this week, Patrick says he's glad Harris County isn't in charge of Texas multiple school districts, including the Houston Eyes, D reporting issues with online

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Houston Sen. Paul Bettencourt blames local leaders for new election law

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

00:42 sec | 2 months ago

Houston Sen. Paul Bettencourt blames local leaders for new election law

"All what our top story. Houston State Senator Paul Betancourt says Harris County Democrats have themselves to blame for a sweeping election law passed by the Republican controlled Texas set it on Monday. He says local election leaders used the Koven pandemic to attempt ballot harvesting and other legal measures during the 2020 presidential election. Do you think one which is our heaviest majority man? Already praising had 61% more early voting centers. 41% more polls on Election Day kind of whopping 300% More of these drive thru locations, which is the reason why we're having this discussion. And it Bill seven. What, among other things make it a felony felony to to send send it it absentee absentee ballot ballot application application to to anyone anyone who who didn't didn't request request it it banned banned drive drive through through voting voting and and limit limit

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Texas Republicans target Houston with raft of bills seeking voting restrictions

Houston Public Media Local Newscasts

01:10 min | 2 months ago

Texas Republicans target Houston with raft of bills seeking voting restrictions

"Houston area. Democrats are blasting voting bills. That are now making their way through. The republican led state senate government reporter. Andrew stoddart says those legislative measures or being condemned by houston's mayor who says bills or discriminatory against people of color senate. Bill seven and house bill. Six would ban twenty four hour voting and drive thru voting as well as remove restrictions on partisan poll-watchers mayor sylvester turner said. Those changes and others amounted to what he called. Jim crow two point. Oh the texas rights project. And i want to thank the representatives for being here today. Stacey extended voting hours at harris county but mostly used by people of color fifty six percent of voters who cast ballots late night. Hours were black hispanic or asian. In addition black voters and other voters of color were more likely to be victims of poll-watcher intimidation harris county. Commissioner rodney ellis echoed. Turner calling the bills a modern day poll tax. He called on business leaders to pressure republican lawmakers to block the bills. Lieutenant governor dan. Patrick previously blasted such pressure from companies including american airlines and dell.

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Houston Mother Accused of Killing Son, 6, With Drugs for Insurance Money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 2 months ago

Houston Mother Accused of Killing Son, 6, With Drugs for Insurance Money

"Believe he used in mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case where the they're presenting in Harris County Court. 25 year old Ashley March, was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the child was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs and requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. Child, Jason Sanchez had been living with his grandfather all the

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Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 2 months ago

Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

"Believe it. Houston mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case they're presenting. In Harris County Court 25 year old Ashley Marks was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the Chad was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs. Requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. The child, Jason Sanchez's had been living with his grandfather. All the

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Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

Our American Stories

00:36 sec | 2 months ago

Houston mom accused of killing 6-year-old son to collect insurance money

"Believe it. Houston mother killed her six year old son for the insurance money. That's the case they're presenting. In Harris County Court 25 year old Ashley Marks was arrested last week for the boy's death last year. Investigators say the Chad was intentionally killed with a toxic dose of drugs. Requested marks be held without bond. I'm urging the state's motion for denial of bail. This court is permitted to denied bail for this offense under the Constitution of the state of Texas. The child, Jason Sanchez's had been living with his grandfather. All the

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Houston woman killed her son to cash in on insurance policies

Sean Hannity

00:21 sec | 2 months ago

Houston woman killed her son to cash in on insurance policies

"Ah Houston mother could face capital murder charges after she allegedly killed her son by mixing allergy drugs and meth. Harris County prosecutors say Ashley marks fed the concoction to the six year old, causing him to overdose last June. According to prosecutors, the young 25 year old mother allegedly killed her son to collect on two life insurance policies totaling $100,000.

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All Houston Adults Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine

Houston Public Media Local Newscasts

00:50 sec | 2 months ago

All Houston Adults Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine

"Houston adults now. Qualify for covid nineteen vaccine today. Texas becomes the most populous us state to expand eligibility to residents sixteen and older. It comes as excessive ability is increasing throughout the houston area. Residents can add their name to the harris county vaccine waitlist on the county's public health website or by phone and the houston. Health departments. waitlist is at houston. Emergency dot org. Houston's can also learn about new appointment opportunities through email text message or push notifications via alert. Houston dot org pharmacies. Cvs don't have wait. Lists but open vaccine appointments on a daily basis. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge regardless of immigration or health insurance

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Memorial Hermann CEO discusses COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Houston area

Houston Matters

01:57 min | 2 months ago

Memorial Hermann CEO discusses COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the Houston area

"We start today with vaccination efforts across houston as of this morning techs sixteen and up can register for a covid nineteen vaccine one of the three vaccines approved for emergency. Use visors is for ages. Sixteen and up and johnson and johnson's vaccines are approved for ages. Eighteen and up anyone over eighty or over rather can jump to the front of the line without an appointment and supplies continue to increase though there are limits to how many people can be vaccinated each day to discuss vaccination efforts here in houston. We are joined now by. Dr david. Calendar president and ceo of the memorial hermann health system. Dr calendar good morning. good morning. What numbers can you share with us about memorial hermann vaccination efforts to date. Well we continue to see an increase supply of vaccine coming into the greater houston area as a two day. Memorial hermann is vaccinated over five hundred forty thousand people that means they're fully vaccinated and we've delivered about one point one five billion doses and total. So she's me. That's those are the tmc numbers memorial hermann to that uh about About a quarter of that twenty five percent so about two hundred and seventy thousand doses and one hundred sixty seven thousand individuals. Okay so those larger numbers you mentioned are what all the hospitals across. The texas medical center combined have been able to accomplish. And then that's then combined with what public health a facilities houston health system harris county health other county health systems in the region and then whatever area drugstores and so forth all vaccine distributors of combined. All that together where we stand. I do not know the total But you know again. We're very pleased that the supply is increasing. And we'll be able to get more people vaccinated over coming weeks.

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"harris county" Discussed on KTRH

KTRH

03:33 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on KTRH

"Um, granted prompt a precinct Three is a district that leans Republican, but Tom Ramsay brought a positive pro growth. Pro family about pro opportunity message that even the Houston Chronicle had to recognize was better for keeping Harris County vibrant here. Harris County You needed to have a Republican on Commissioners Court. We couldn't afford to replace him with another Democrat, giving them a veto proof majority. Even the Houston Chronicle said that he said Harris County residents could not afford the absolute in inevitable tax increase. The Harris County was going to pass that they had a veto proof majority, so Uh, voters understand that Democrats, given the opportunity will increase taxes will increase government control and will increase the cost of living for her citizens. And so It's saying that Republicans need to stress on all right. But let me ask you this, though, in those areas where we saw such games, especially in the Hispanic community, how much of that was Republican values? And how much of that was Donald Trump, who may not be around to carry the next election or to bring that many people over to our side? I think Donald Trump. President Trump has done a fantastic job of opening that door. I think a lot of these people, never you read the articles. He talked to them on the street. You read it. You see them on TV. They've never spoken to Republicans. They've never had a chance to interact with Republicans and the Republicans that they have had a chance to talk to. Have not had a fighters. Spirit. Donald Trump opened that door and I think Republicans who follow in his wake are using that same spirit using that same ideology using that same mentality that we're going to fight for our values. We're not standing by silently anymore that we're gonna we're gonna pursue those policies are protesters, pro family pro growth? Opportunity, pro prosperity and help every single family succeed. We're not gonna stand nine played by and just hope that maybe they'll come over once in a while, we're gonna actually actively campaign Every single about how would you say that the Republican Party of Texas's United I mean, we've got the head of the GOP on one side of the divide over who the next speaker will be. I mean, what's happened to the battle that's been going on for many, many decades within the Republican Party here in Texas. I think it speaks strongly to have strong the Texas Republican Party is for years always had is dictates handed from the top down. Here's what the elites are going to decide to do, and we're just gonna step in line and just follow along. On the other hand, now you see vibrant Discussion. You see conversation happening from the top all the way down to the bottom of the sea. People actively campaigning. You see people marching. You see people going to the representatives and making making demands of them. You see them exercising their right to Not only to vote but T O make their voices heard that speaks to a strength within the Republican Party. Well, we really haven't had for a long time. We're no longer relying on Republican leaders being the ones who chart the course and tell us which way to go. Now it's the grassroots. Telling the Republican leaders here's what we expect of you. Here's what we expect you to accomplish. All right, sir. Thank you. As always glad to video Republican strategist here on NewsRadio, 7 40 ktrh get you another round of traffic.

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"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

03:23 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"How much longer do you anticipate that may go on. I don't think it's gonna be going on much longer. It looks like the latest challenge in pennsylvania got struck down and it looks like wayne county and Michigan are going to go ahead and certify their election results. I think november twenty third november twenty four th or kind of key dates for getting certifications than in the states and i think you know they can keep trying to appeal but if these appeals aren't taking up and there's not an appearance that there's actually hard evidence to support them. I mean. I think that the clock is ticking. Here there's really not much less. That can be done toronto. The president meanwhile on tuesday fired christopher krebs the department of homeland security director. Why well once again ease These issues about The trump administration the administration's punishing people that for certain extent goals. Out of what. The trump white house things they have to be doing so we have seen we have seen. Also that Previous secretary of defense outfitted On those internal within the trump administration. I mean had become the norm in the past four years. So he's not surprised that evil out your way to the supposedly what you think it's it it's right but he contravenes white house then you're going to have those consequences and in terms of the specifics with crabs. He led a campaign to counter rumors about voter fraud campaign. Let's be fair. Led largely by the president crabs firing came after his agency cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency released a statement last week calling the twenty twenty election quote the most secure in american history. I guess but that's not what president trump wanted to hear. Now now it's not So yeah i again. Just continuing that pattern of you know pushing back against people who don't appear to be agreeing with what he wants. This houston matters. I'm craig cohen. we're talking with political analysts. Beth seamus in harare. Cortina about recent developments in politics. This is our regular political round if we do it every wednesday. Let's let's dig into some developments back here in texas state. Lawmakers are busy submitting bills for the upcoming legislative session. I'm just curious if any stick out to either of you as likely to be taken up others starting in january her automo- anything in particular that you've noted. Well we have a bunch of stuff going on me has been one of the most active recessions in he's three and We have That covered from recover years medical healthcare expenses and see the latch to obviously a handful. All bills that seek to legalize marijuana and especially this is a very important It's important because the state is facing a budget hall of around five billion dollars at forty tuesday controller latest estimate on the marijuana legalization bill could have potential implications in generating revenue napoles Pandemic world we also have all prices.

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"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

02:50 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Pleasure thank you. It appears president. Elect joe biden's moving ahead with transition efforts with or without the trump white house has help. How will that work exactly. We discuss it in our political roundup. Next is houston matters continues. this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. President elect joe biden's naming staff and outlining plans for his incoming administration even as the outgoing one. Still refuse to concede and coordinated transition to discuss this and other political developments. Today's round up. We're joined now by beth. Seamus and her automo- cortina both associate professor of political science at the university of houston where cortina's also associate director of the center for mexican american studies and co hosts news eighty eight seven party politics program beth horon. Oh welcome to houston matters came. Beth let me start with you. President-elect biden is naming staff. he's giving speeches about the economy about the pandemic it really matter that president trump has not conceded it. It doesn't matter no on the level that he biden can proceed and start to do these things. I mean whether or not he concedes. It doesn't really change the outcome. However i think it does have an effect on public opinion on perceptions of the fairness of the election legitimacy of the biden administration and all of the things. I do think it's very you know it does have an effect It's not gonna change the outcome. But i think it will change people's perceptions of it Her automo- in recent days. There's been concern over the level of security briefings that the president-elect is receiving or not receiving should the trump white house ensure biden's being given access to the latest intelligence on any foreign policy matters well of course It's a matter of of having a clean transition and of course these are matters of security. These are matters that you know our enemies or any other potential group Are not gonna stop and say wait until the transition takes place and then we're gonna continue whatever. He's that where competing doing so. It's very important that these until he's very very very smooth in terms of national security a not not a matter of the Provision of goods and services to the general public and that doesn't happen then we're gonna see the consequences and best just said it's a matter of the demand see all the biden unhurried administration to that end. The trump campaign has continued to pursue challenges to election results in several states in court without supplying any real evidence to those courts and finding pretty much one by one those courts turning them down..

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"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

04:54 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Away. Covid nineteen cases are rising as you just heard health. Authorities are cautioning who stones to keep family gathering small if you have them at all and all the while. Many texas families have college age students heading home for the holidays whether that's across town in state or coming from another part of the country that travel of course brings with it. The potential for spreading covid several universities. In fact have been identified as hotspots gathering with family over thanksgiving. Another holidays is a difficult calculation this year for everyone. It's complicated for those students. And their families due to varying guidance. Coming out of those texas universities. This is something kate mcgee. The texas tribune has been looking into and she joins us now. Kate good morning. Good morning craig. What our universities telling their students ahead of the holidays and how does that. Guidance differ from one school to the next so in the past week we've started to see universities across texas encouraging students to start to take steps to avoid large gatherings. Get a flu shot before you go home. Make sure your mask and continuing to kind of do the social distancing that they've been pushing awesome esther. They've started to also encourage students to get tested before they go home for kobe to make sure that they have a negative test before they re enter their family bubble but a lot of schools are really relying on students to voluntarily comply with these orders. There's really no mandates to do any of this before they go home and really hoping and pushing students to act on their own accord a to make sure that they are safely leading and going back home for the holidays. What are you hearing from students about this. It's a mix you know. Some students not interviewed on are taking really seriously. Especially if they have immuno-compromised family members at home in a story i wrote this week i profiled these two siblings slipping quarantining for about a week and a half now To make sure that they have two weeks of not seeing anyone not going to the grocery store they're stopped getting takeout to really make sure that they're safe to go home Other students do like they've been pretty safe throughout the semester. And they feel comfortable. You know going home and They feel like they've been taking precautions throughout the semester and that will continue for the next week and a half before they had home. What's the plan after thanksgiving Our most universities online if they have anything left to do for the rest of the calendar year yes so most classes at universities across texas and across the country are shifting online. Virtually for the rest of the classes and then finals as well and then schools are really encouraging students to stay home to not come back to campus until the spring semester. You know starts in january Some schools will still have their residents halls open. So students could come back and live there but just take their classes online And that's the kind of interesting thing that will have to see how it works. Because throughout the semester lots of schools. have really said that spread of the spikes..

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"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

07:37 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Harris county public health executive director. Dr shawn ounce tuesday. He's leaving the department. He's led since twenty thirteen to become washington state's new secretary of health. He joins us now. Dr shock congrats on the new gig. Welcome back to the show. Crag it's as you can imagine but <hes>. Thanks for having me and thanks for the congratulations. Why have you decided to take on this new challenge in the state of washington. Well it's <hes>. You know let me. Let me just say <hes>. Again with mentioned about the sweet piece is that there's just so much that we have accomplished here and and so many incredible incredible staff members <hes>. Department leadership and and just across the community cross county government but across the community. That have just done. Just such an amazing job <hes>. It is really hard to leave. But i will tell you that what you know it. Opportunities are when they come before you and i was asked by governor ins lease <hes>. Administration to join as the secretary of health. And it's an incredible privilege and honor to be asked for that <hes>. And certainly i'm hopeful to be able to take that experience from here and what i've learned and been able to do here in harris county to state level and some excited about that. Would you characterize the challenges that washington state is facing as roughly the same as what we're facing here when it comes to the pandemic. Oh craig here's the thing so it it. We're all facing the same way. So i in fact i got this question yesterday from a reporter in in seattle and it was a very <hes>. Very much a question. That i thought was interesting and it was about well. You know the state is big and it's diverse and you know it's got red and blue areas and it's got urban areas and it's got suburban areas and scott rural areas and not. Everybody has agreed on how we should fight the pandemic <hes>. So what what are your thoughts about coming into that. And i thought that kind of sounds like harris county <hes>. So you know it's it's seven point six million people it's it's larger than obviously harris county and in population and certainly size. But i will tell you that it. It is also true that throughout this pandemic what we are facing here in our community is similar to what we're facing across texas across the country and across the globe now everything is manifesting differently. So fortunately we although we've been seeing increases and yes. These are concerning trends here within our region. We're not seeing that same level that you've seen in el paso or other parts of texas other parts of the country now again we can't let our our eyes off the the the ball here because very quickly as you talked over the month things can change and when they change. They changed quickly. And so we've got to do everything we can to prevent it from happening in the first place. And that's why we've got a strategic opportunity right before the holidays to get things <hes>. Right and for community to heed the call to to really change the behaviors that were having over the holidays. And that's going to really drive. You know what's going to happen for us in the next chapter for you know for our community. What's next for harris county health leadership. Well you know. Obviously county government is going to make a decision and <hes>. You know. I'm leaving an incredibly strong <hes>. Leadership team behind <hes>. In fact you can see it on twitter. I tweeted it out <hes>. recently and it's strong. It's experienced its diverse <hes>. Dedicated passionate and that's what community wants from its public health leadership and so. I'm just incredibly proud of that team. Now it's never about the me. It's always about the we when when we do activities or we take on activities and so craig what i would say is that while i may be not here and cheering this community on from a distance that work continues and that team continues and they are here and they're ready but ultimately it's going to be county government and commissioner's court. Who's going to decide what they're going to do after i leave my last day. Here's december eighteenth <hes>. What they're going to do after that in the interim period and certainly beyond that <hes>. But i will tell you that we've got a great team and i'm hopeful that the community remembers the incredible work that we've done you know local health department of the year <hes>. National accreditation <hes>. Microsoft research <hes>. Picking us as the only community in the country. The only health department the country for its project premonition <hes>. We've you know we were ranked number two recently and peer rankings by seven hundred and forty local health departments across the country for who. They look to initiatives. There's a lot of incredible work that we've done and craig one that i know you're <hes>. I've talked about this before. Related to animals <hes>. When i started at the at the department as the director are leave alive rate animals. That left our shelter. Alive was was about fifteen percent. This is twenty twelve twenty thirteen. It is now ninety eight percent. We have actually changed the narrative. These are things that we have to be proud of as a community and as a as the government. I just really want to just say that. We can't do it alone. In this pandemic has shown this you know obviously harvey and katrina rita i e carvey all these hurricanes and tropical storms but also you know h one n one ebola zico now covid nineteen. We have a lot of work that continues. There's never a good time to leave. But i'm very proud of our department and our team and i'm excited about the fact that they're going to continue that that work into the future. What parting advice. Can you offer to huston. Ian the department and its initiatives not just about cove in the current surge in cases about the region's health and general. Well a two things. One is that look cova. Nineteen is a. It's a crisis it's pandemic it is. Let's not let's not let our focus off of that so <hes>. What i've been calling twenty twentieth the first half of football game. It's the first half the holidays coming up here. We're going to be at halftime. Usually people take a charge <hes>. Recharge during halftime they changed strategy. They think about what's up ahead. We know twenty twenty one's gonna be vaccines vaccines vaccines and certainly <hes>. We've got to be readying ourselves for the second half so halftime so critical. So if you don't have to have thanksgiving holidays with a lot of people don't and fact <hes>. Make him very small holidays. <hes> a few people your social bubble your immediate people in your family <hes>. Don't travel do those kinds of things if you're gonna do those things. Please look at our website for safety precautions. That's the one thing koba. Nineteen craig the second thing. Let's remember the value proposition of of true health. Not just health care delivery about prevention about the investment in public health systems. The reason that we have got into some of this mess across the country is we have not appreciated the value of public health and prevention. And so we wait for people to get sick and then we try to do things. We wait for people to get injured and we try to do things. Let's invest upfront. And if we do that in county and city and and even state and federal governments we invest truly unhealth then we can have a healthier community. Dr rumor shaw's the soon to be departing executive director of harris county public health. Doctor shaw thanks very much. Thank you craig. It's been an honor to be with the all. These

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Houston Matters

03:29 min | 7 months ago

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"Here's december eighteenth What they're going to do after that in the interim period and certainly beyond that But i will tell you that we've got a great team and i'm hopeful that the community remembers the incredible work that we've done you know local health department of the year National accreditation Microsoft research Picking us as the only community in the country. The only health department the country for its project premonition We've you know we were ranked number two recently and peer rankings by seven hundred and forty local health departments across the country for who. They look to initiatives. There's a lot of incredible work that we've done and craig one that i know you're I've talked about this before. Related to animals When i started at the at the department as the director are leave alive rate animals. That left our shelter. Alive was was about fifteen percent. This is twenty twelve twenty thirteen. It is now ninety eight percent. We have actually changed the narrative. These are things that we have to be proud of as a community and as a as the government. I just really want to just say that. We can't do it alone. In this pandemic has shown this you know obviously harvey and katrina rita i e carvey all these hurricanes and tropical storms but also you know h one n one ebola zico now covid nineteen. We have a lot of work that continues. There's never a good time to leave. But i'm very proud of our department and our team and i'm excited about the fact that they're going to continue that that work into the future. What parting advice. Can you offer to huston. Ian the department and its initiatives not just about cove in the current surge in cases about the region's health and general. Well a two things. One is that look cova. Nineteen is a. It's a crisis it's pandemic it is. Let's not let's not let our focus off of that so What i've been calling twenty twentieth the first half of football game. It's the first half the holidays coming up here. We're going to be at halftime. Usually people take a charge Recharge during halftime they changed strategy. They think about what's up ahead. We know twenty twenty one's gonna be vaccines vaccines vaccines and certainly We've got to be readying ourselves for the second half so halftime so critical. So if you don't have to have thanksgiving holidays with a lot of people don't and fact Make him very small holidays. a few people your social bubble your immediate people in your family Don't travel do those kinds of things if you're gonna do those things. Please look at our website for safety precautions. That's the one thing koba. Nineteen craig the second thing. Let's remember the value proposition of of true health. Not just health care delivery about prevention about the investment in public health systems. The reason that we have got into some of this mess across the country is we have not appreciated the value of public health and prevention. And so we wait for people to get sick and then we try to do things. We wait for people to get injured and we try to do things. Let's invest upfront. And if we do that in county and city and and even state and federal governments we invest truly unhealth then we can have a healthier community. Dr rumor shaw's the soon to be departing executive director of harris county public health. Doctor shaw thanks very much. Thank you craig. It's been an honor to be with.

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Houston Matters

05:42 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"It was much more than politics. It was about family about respect about being there for one. Another that having Annual get togethers around thanksgiving about Baker calling bush hefei his bigger brother about telling a vacant times. If you're so smart. Jim why my president you're not About having a true friendship and the ability to argue with civility and really talk to your best friend they really were the best of friends. And i think a lot of people are unaware of that. Some friendships in the world of politics can become crucial. If you have someone who has your back and vice versa on the other hand some friendships can be crushed under all of the the the power struggles all the things endemic to politics. Why do you think this friendship endured where others might become fractured by the weight of the world. That was on these two men shoulders as they were in political office. Well i think it endured for two reasons number one. They truly were the best of friends you know when loser drum political arena but number two. It sure didn't hurt that they want a lot bush was picked as a nineteen vice presidential nominee. They re elected in eighty four bush was reelected then elected president. One thousand nine hundred eighty eight. They had a string of victories That really made their friendship even tighter. And ironically with the loss of bill clinton and also. Ross perot nineteen ninety two There was discussion of well. Maybe the friendship had somewhat been strained because of that loss. And that's absolutely not true. Jim baker came back to the whitehouse as chief of staff to do all he could in about ten to twelve weeks or turn around to campaign. That was really thinking and he did all he could. I best friend. How do you think history might have been different. Had these two not developed such a close friendship that did endure and lead to each one playing these roles in our political lives over the last fifty years it would be radically different for one very important point. Bush did not want to drop out of the nineteen. Eighty presidential primaries baker told him you really need to baker went ahead and went to the media and said We're not going to be going to california. We don't think it's winnable. And ultimately bush dropped out now. He was furious about that but he knew bakery had made the right call because of that the phone rang and eleven thirty at night in a detroit hotel. During the gop convention and governor reagan ultimately is on the phone and ask bush to join the ticket because of acres strategy to tell candidate bush to pull back its time under trade. It's time to wave the white flag. Bush became a two-term vice. President became the president and son became a two-term president. The history books would have been radically different if it wasn't for that one single point in time we're baker said it's time to hang it up when you reflect on these men and the relationship that they had working relationship the friendship..

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Houston Matters

05:34 min | 7 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Lives are being saved So we to save the affordable care acted under under joe biden and kamala harris. This would be happening They there are strong. Supporters of the affordable. Care act Vice president elect biden. Which there wouldn't he helped get. It passed our speaker was there. Would it got passed and we're going to everything possible to save it whatever you are able to do in the next congress Of course a lot has to do with the makeup of congress. Your party will lose some seats in the house but it appears will maintain majority control. There will be special runoff election in georgia early january which it appears will determine not just that state senate seats but also potentially the balance of power in the senate but should the senate remain. Republican majority control in the house democratic majority control. What hope do you have that there will be a meeting of the minds between the two houses of congress over any number of issues. Well i think there's going to be a lot of of republicans Debt debtor debtor more moderate or more willing to sit down and listen to that will see the mandate i mean But president-elect biden won by seventy six million votes four point five million more than than president trump. i mean that is more vote that any president has ever been elected by so he's kind of mandate and will recognize that and quite frankly they'll know that the turkish the ballot pretty soon to And people are gonna be looking. I mean if you look at the message and it was strong By president elect by him he said from one of the first inches was he will be there for every one whether you voted for him or not he wants to unified this country. He said clearly. We're not a red state or blue state. Worried nited states of america so unity is all about What we need to be doing that will be joe. Biden's strong strong focus. So i think that that will set the tone For working with the senate he used to be a senator. He knows all of them by first name and he will be able to to bring bring some reasonableness. Some some common common ground In steady hand. So i think that that did it could be a new day. And i'm hopeful that we'll be able to bring enough republicans. We not win those two georgia sit sheets. We will be able to have the steady hand necessary In the white house to work together with with the senate to make sure that we can find a common ground that's necessary to pass the laws that are that we need to do to beat the virus. Get people back to work. Get our kids safely. Back to school. And to make sure that were in the right path on climate change congresswoman sylvia garcia represents texas ninth congressional district here in houston congresswoman garcia. Thanks very much absolutely anytime. Y'all call me back just ahead. How the election results effect. Texas kids stay with us as houston matters continues..

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Opening Arguments

03:47 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Opening Arguments

"It easier for you to vote. Regardless of who you're voting for but ultimately this is a good result and there is nothing there were no legal procedures now left that will toss out those votes that have already been cast that that's the real victory again even though it's not it's not about what we should have had to one last bonus bid if you've listened all the way to the end even though it didn't flag this before you may have seen the news that seven pennsylvania counties are not going to begin counting early mail in ballots. A until after the until after election night right until after all in person voting has been counted. This is a transparent effort To try and drive down. The vote totals On election day For joe biden in the state All seven of these counties. This is beaver cumberland. Franklin green junie oughta mercer and montour counties in pennsylvania all seven were trump counties in two thousand sixteen Well three of them are tiny little counties. Green junie oughta and montour are tiny counties. The other three are moderately. Sized the largest cumberland which has two hundred and thirty five thousand voters in it And is the sixteenth largest county in pennsylvania. Sixty two counties best evidence is that this is a one hundred and fifty thousand total mail in ballots that will be affected This does not mean. They won't count right and this will not be subject to the supreme court's order. These are not Ballots that You know are subject to potential disqualification because they might arrive late but be postmarked. Before election day these are balanced that have already arrived. okay they will be counted. This is just more evidence that The numbers particularly out of pennsylvania On election night May look good for trump and that state may ultimately go to biden. If you're following our livestream if you're following any of the posts that i've made on patriots on Which been available to anyone at any level You will see that if you trust in math Most of the scenarios do not require right. This are are such that The election is not going to be To fifty eight to two fifty eight electoral votes waiting on pennsylvania's twenty electoral votes to come in I agree that would be a nightmare. Scenario that would require massive polling errors beyond a single standard deviation. And it's an unlikely Although you know twenty sixteen proved that that some unlikely results do happen. So that's the sort of late breaking news everything else I'm sure we're going to have All kinds of reports tomorrow With respect to individual polling places and individual irregularities on both sides will will cover any bic stories obviously in our livestream eight to ten eastern five to seven pacific You'll you're all prepared to join us there and Other than that This is you know. Take take a deep breath Get out there and vote if you haven't and and these are these are good. These are good results and be be cautiously optimistic. It's okay to be nervous. Take care of your mental health. Be cautious optimistic for later on today. We'll see at eight pm..

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Houston Matters

05:30 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Same thing we're seeing in the education sector, we're sending everybody home to do school online and everyone is not equally equipped to do that. Elena marks is the president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation. Elaine. Thanks for joining. US, thanks for having me. Still to come the Houston fringe festival goes virtual stay with US as Houston matters continues..

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Houston Matters

05:01 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"This survey is that they wide forty five percent of Texans are still getting their insurance through their employers but in Harris County, it's only thirty seven percent. Do we know how many Texans are uninsured or underinsured today due to job losses incurred this year because of the pandemic We asked the question. About whether or not, you have lost insurance during covert and. Presumably, because you. lost. A job that come and was attached to health insurance but that's not necessarily You lost it. What we saw was that in Harris County ten percent say they lost their coverage due to coded and for the rest of Texas only seven percent How might that be further impacted? Should we see as many anticipate the Supreme Court taking up a further aspects of the affordable care act in the coming months maybe even striking some things down the high court's hearing arguments in one affordable care act case just in the next couple of weeks. Yeah If if the affordable Care Act's struck down they're more than a million Texans who are currently insured because of the ACA marketplace plan. There are a few hundred thousand young adults who had been able to stay on their parent's plan because of the ACA and there are everyone who's got pre existing conditions is able to get a plan without regard to preexisting conditions because of the ACA. So if it goes away, we are going to look at a big spike in the uninsured right in Texas. What advice do you have for Houston's who currently are uninsured or underinsured? Ch. Well if they're uninsured, I would suggest that they investigate ways to become insured. There are many people who are actually eligible for either Medicaid or chip or other programs, and they just aren't enroll taxes not a state that does a lot of outreach trying to find every single person and get them enrolled. There are a lot of local organizations that were hard at that They're also opportunities for the ACA plans and we're about to enter open enrollment for the. ACA. Uh and so that's an opportunity. For. People up to four hundred percent of the federal poverty level, which is a pretty decent income to be able to get a subsidized comprehensive plan that meets the ACA standards without regard to pre existing condition. We don't make it easy in Texas to find coverage the way some other states too. But there are a lot of nonprofit organizations that work on this and I would encourage people to reach out to those and and try to see if you're eligible for something that you can afford. If you have insurance and you can afford preventive care like physicals at the doctor's office..

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Houston Matters

03:31 min | 8 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"One week after the Texas Supreme Court turned away a challenge to Harris County's drive thru voting lanes a new petition from a lot of the same people as asking the same court to reject any votes already cast that way. I'm Craig Cohen Today on Houston matters what we know about this latest petition and whether the State Supreme Court, would even be inclined to hear it after some one hundred thousand through votes have been cast Houston matters with Gregg Cohen is a production of Houston public. With support from CIGNA together all the way. Also this hour why this latest court petition is just one of many many examples of efforts to limit voting in Texas. In recent years a new study says it's harder to vote in the lone star state than anywhere else in the country also ahead for all the attention on the presidential race in Senate and congressional campaigns the one for mayor in parallel baby. The most intriguing of all, we'll start with the news update from NPR news eighty, eight, seven stay with us. This.

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Houston Matters

07:58 min | 10 months ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"But also in the show today yesterday Harris County released a roadmap to reopen schools. We had the H. ISD Acting Superintendent on the show yesterday reacting to it well today we're going to look at those guidelines with the help of Harris County Judge Lena, Hidalgo? Who'll join us in just a little bit to talk about what these orders mean, how how restrictive they are. how enforceable they are or what's really behind them. We'll find that all out from the judge in just a few minutes. But as I said, it's Thursdays and that's Dr Tracy and I'm thrilled to have her back with US Hello, Dr Tracy I happy Thursday happy Thursday. Well, this is what makes it even happier because then I get to spend the afternoon with you chatting and I want to let everyone know that this is the last time we have a Houston matter special edition Thursday with Dr Tracy because when we come back, we're going to be town square and so we're going to have Thursdays on town square with Dr Tracy so we're changing a little bit That's good. About, right That was waiting for a reaction. Was Pretty Quiet. Actually there's a there's a saying that nobody likes change except a wet baby so Well we're going to bring all the good of this show forward into the new show. So hopefully, folks will like that more than they like a wet navy. Anyway Dr Tracy is here with US epidemiologist from UT Health School of public health and we're GONNA have our phone lines open for questions and just a little bit at seven one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero. But before we go to call, so I wanted to catch up a little bit on the news and I, remember last week talking with you about a potential vaccine that Chinese military was touting maybe the. Chinese government was speaking about it. We talked a little about it mentioned the Russian vaccine but a lot wasn't known at that point. I'm not sure how much is now now but boy, Oh, boy is it made it into the news this week. What can you tell us about these vaccines that I think a lot of people are curious how do they have that scenes? What's going on? Why don't we have them? What's really there? Well, we have vaccines. They just haven't been tested yet. and and the Russian vaccine. Vaccine. Trials, there's phase one which is just a few people making sure nobody drops dead face to is a few more people. Forty fifty something like that looking for side effects and maybe Seeing whether those people produce antibodies in response to the vaccine, and then the phase three trials are the big trials with thousands of people to see is the vaccine safe because if it's a rare side effect, you need to have a lot of people to have it show up and does it work so those people you you give placebo, you know sugar water to half of the people half of the people get the real vaccine nobody knows. Who got which, and then you monitor them to see who gets infected and if the vaccine works and the people who got vaccinated should have fewer infections and the people who got the placebo well, the Russian vaccine they have not done phase three trials yet they are skipping that that part of vaccine testing. So there's a lot of concern that the vaccine has not been adequately tested to make sure it's safe and to make sure it's it works. How. Does this differ from what the Chinese were up to? The Chinese we know less about but I the there just hasn't been enough time to do phase three testing on any of these vaccines it first of all I, honestly, I don't know I haven't seen for the Chinese or the Russian vaccine but for the ones that the other ones that were developing in the United States, and in Europe, the saw is you're gonNA need to have two doses of vaccine to get a good response and that's not unusual with vaccines So if you think about that, you know even if we started. Trials today and then went another four weeks. Got People got a second shot you. Then you start counting you know are there well, I mean, you can look for side effects during that month, but you look for protection after that. So they're there just hasn't been enough time for either vaccine to to really be tested, and that's the concern that you've seen around the world that this vaccine may not be safe. Now I will say we're not going to have this Russian vaccine in the united. States. So there's nothing for us be concerned about. Except for the Russian people who may get this vaccine. Though I look at and maybe I'm short-sighted on this but I kind of have the feeling through most of this that we are a global medical research team looking at this that all these different countries are looking and trying things but because of the level of crisis, this is causing that we're all kind of helping each other along am I wrong in thinking that way. That would be wonderful. But there's a lot of competition between countries as has we've seen and also whatever whichever pharmaceutical develops the vaccine. There's a lot of money to be made here if you're going to be vaccinating. Eight million eight billion people around the world now. You know I doubt that it will be just one vaccine but so so the pharmaceutical companies are also competing among themselves to be the first to get that licensed back seen out there. When we hear about the published results and we're always talking about you know pre publication or information coming out in medical journals are these not the vaccines were talking about that are being peer, reviewed and looked at and so the information is being shared or am I wrong again? No the the definitely the information, the results are being shared. Now, there's probably proprietary information about how the vaccine the specifics on how it is manufactured. But yes, for you know we don't have any phase three trials yet, but with the phase one and phase two that those data are being shared in the medical literature and being peer reviewed by other scientists to make sure that everything looks you know okay and no obvious things have been overlooked. So theoretically, the Russian vaccine if it did work could be out there and working and we wouldn't have access to it. Does that sound plausible? Yeah. That's certainly I mean. We're not GONNA have access to with it works or not. So should it work Yeah that We won't, have access to it. All right. Let's move on to something else. That's a lot of people's concern right now, we talk a lot about going back to school be talking with the judge in just a moment about that. But what are we seeing and learning about children with Covid? Are we we? We've had mixed messaging coming out everything from the top of the White House saying you know kids are basically immune to this or that it can't harm them. They're indestructible. What are we really learning from the research? we're learning that. We didn't know everything at first. You know big surprise right and you know we thought that children didn't get infected as often. it is true that they do not show. maybe eighty percent of of infections in children are asymptomatic. What we're discovering is that they do have a lot of virus in their nasal passages and it looks.

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Houston Matters

04:05 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"Hidalgo will be here with county update and suggestions on how to navigate the holiday weekend ahead of us, and then a little later in the show epidemiologist Dr Catherine Troisi from UT Health School of public health. We'll also be here to take your questions comments and calls the number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven, zero against seven, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight seventy, but you know I want to start today with what we're referring to around. Here is my mass grants and I just want to say. Every day we come on here and we ask you to wear a mask and so I started wondering about what if we're wrong? What if the virus is not? What science tells us it is? What if the masks don't do all the good that the studies show us they can do what if somehow or other we're wrong. You put a cloth or piece of paper over your face. So if we're wrong. What have you really lost? But what if you? The anti-fat face mask? Wearers are the ones who are wrong. What if masks wearing protects you? Your friends, families and community has science tells us it does what if the virus is as lethal am damaging as the medical studies prove it is. What if the Anti Mask squares are the ones who are wrong well? If the pro mask wears wrong, the most you did was inconvenience yourself. But, if you, the Anti Mass squares are the ones who are wrong, people will die. Is that really a gamble you're willing to take. I. Ask you that as today we. The death toll in the US has passed a hundred and twenty eight thousand people. So there, you go. We know search tool for stopping the spreads. We know social distancing works, hand washing works staying at home testing and another point contact tracers, so we're wondering today. Have you been called by a contact tracer? Has Anyone reached out to you whether you've tested positive or just? Ben In close proximity to someone who has tested positive. If you have, give us a call, we'd love to hear your story, and even if you haven't, we'd love to hear your story again. The number seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, eight, seven zero. Okay got all that off my chest. Let's welcome. Our first guest judge dog is back with us. Harris County Judge Hello Judge. Good afternoon good afternoon. Sorry, you caught me on a day with quite a rant about masks. I appreciate your your nose there. Thank you. I've got to ask you first and foremost you were self quarantine. Where are we at with that? How are you doing? You know still self quarantine, so the the the exposure happened. Last Monday. It'll be two weeks this coming, Monday some and self quarantine till then per CDC guidelines Fortunately the test has come back negative hope is that it is not a false negative i. feel great and I find myself in a situation that many other people are are in this well throughout our communities, more more and more positive, and most importantly more and more people fill our hospitals. I had a question today from someone about who should be getting tested right now, and it's not I, think a simple question as it sounds like because we're also hearing stories of still complications in getting tests, and then getting results so taking all of that together who are the people that should be going out getting tested at this point, and what's going on with testing in general at least from the county's point of view. At this point, we still have the capacity to test. WHOEVER NEEDS A test? We're not at a point where we're having to say only. If you have symptoms sample now, that may change if the request continue to go up, but for now we urge people to get tested they if they have a reason to be, they may have cove it and.

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Houston Matters

05:35 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo fielding your questions. We go next to Mary and Cyprus Mary. What's your question? Do not here Mary. Let's try Adriana in Kingwood Adriana. What's your question for the judge? Won't good Montigny size? Let me tell you the feed that we are so lucky to stop you. judge valuable shown. Proudly County in this situation. Going my question I. Thought did not be. they have a loan that it means we signed the type the by We'd be getting the bank. That's have there they they in April. They said that that banks send me duty, title and. Then for us, you seem possible to go. Today! I'm old tax collector to change the title. He's from east. Impossible is closed. You go to the website and you cannot do it. You go through the phone, and they give you down and give you a different number. You call the number. I'm telling you. That is not the right time I. don't we don't know what to do week. Another a decision. We can these type of one name and I don't know. What do we go all the? I'll let like I call channels. You know that investigate asking the same question A. Subsidy that I don't know what do thank you. All right judges similar to question earlier. What do you do if you've got something? You need to update like a title for an RV or any other kind of vehicle, and you just can't get it done. Yeah and you know where our tax office should be open and available for those kinds of things I would advise. Eat Aligned mind with this case as well. If there's a way to collect her information, we can have our team. Follow up and make sure that she can address it in also circle back with the tax office and see if there's something going on, but certainly there should be ways for folks to if you can't do something as you normally would in person, there should be an alternative, so we'll check on that and thank you for your support. Okay, so again Adriana stay on the line, and our producer will take down your your contact information and we'll. We'll connect you up with the county. Let's go to Claudia in Willowbrook Claudia. What's your question? High I, I want to spank. Dog from the bottom of my heart. For taking some sensible accent, it was. My daughter is a doctor. Texas children's my son in law's E. R..

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"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

Houston Matters

08:18 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on Houston Matters

"On the mask order after governor Abbot had initially blocked. Harris County's previous mask ordered. The county went some weeks without any mandate like that in place then last week, when bear county established a business mask order like the one that's now in effect in Harris County the governor said that was fine, and that it was always an option under his reopening plan. Did you know that and if so was reason why? This wasn't instituted any any sooner? I. Mean I I was happy to to find out about that from the governor, and from Bear County judge. So as soon as we learned that dot was a tool, we rushed to implement it, and and my approach has been. You know every tool in the toolbox. That's why we have our army of contact tracers folks going into nursing homes all the testing we can do. you know ability for first responders and others who have the virus and don't want to get their their family member sick to be able to quarantine somewhere else, and then also you know as soon as this became an option. We headed out within two days. So what was your impression up to that point that it was not an option. Right I mean I think that generally that was that was. Everybody sends. I don't think any of us were holding back. Because we you know we. We didn't want to use the tool that was at our disposal, and so for me. It's it's available, so let's go implemented and move on and get it done now. The clock is ticking, and we're running out of time, and someone asked me yesterday you know. Is it enough and? It may not be I. think it more likely than not if it's not enough rate of places when they've in us to and we've had just letting the curve. It wasn't simply you know wearing face covering, so it's something that we have got to do. And I'm so glad to have received positive response from the business community. That's very telling, and it's very important, but I really want to urge folks as we see those hospitalization numbers. Numbers climb that we've got to minimize contact and we should not be participating in inactivity that bring us in in a group setting with people that are not our family. Even you know sitting near folks that are not your family. It's just a very bad idea right now. If you're walking by folks shopping for something quickly, you know getting get out. That's fine, but other than that musk no mask. We need to be minimized contacts. We. Have folks waiting to chat with you? So why don't we dive into questions? We'll start with Carol in southeast Houston Carol. What's your question? We want to know with all the precautions that math and everything else. social as much as they can distance, when will we be able to go into a library and use their facilities? At what point do you feel, judge? That we can. As a public go to our public libraries here in Houston. Thank you for that question. Yeah, right now we're doing you know curbside pickup at the library and you know there is there. Is Wifi available from the library that folks who really need it? If they need to go, use it. It's available in the parking lot It does pain me that folks can't go inside and use the library and we're looking into that every day with the Public Health Department and the committee. We have at the county to look at re entry and. And continuity of operations, frankly right now as things are getting more and more difficult. I don't envision it being you know. Everything is headed in the wrong direction, and so let's open more things up. At least some part of the county I don't see it happening until we're on the other side of this spike and look someone who loves books in grew up going to libraries and I stand what a challenge this is! I also don't want to be in a position where. In the county that are contributing to to the spread of the virus, and are you know public health advisors just don't feel comfortable with that just yet, but certainly as soon as we can, we will make that available. All right thanks very much for that call. Let's go next to Liz in Cyprus Liz. What's your question? My question is at the tax office for commercial titles. I heard that you could do it on the computer. And someone said it was only for new club card. Do you know that? and. He had so I know that there are some very limited things that you can do from a computer, because for whatever reason you know I it. You have to see you. It's very narrow and I'm afraid. I don't know whether this is one of them so I will tell you. They're taking all the precautions for folks that do have to visit her. There are some folks for example that just do not have a computer. You know they they just. They absolutely cannot do it any other way. What we'll do is Craig is if you have this person's phone number. I can make sure that we get the answer. Answer to that specific question, but what I know is the vast majority of services they can be done the phone or online and do know there's a very very limited where you do have to come in and I'm just I. Don't want to give you the wrong information as to whether this is one of them I don't earn so but I. don't WanNa Miss Speak Okay Liz. WE'RE GONNA put you on hold and our producer Brenda Valdivia. We'll take down your your contact info and we can pass that along to to the county judge. Let's go next to Lewis in west Houston Louis. What's your question? Yes Oh. I'm wondering why the United States. We cannot provide healthcare at the local level as we provide schools, elise water sewer so on and so forth. Why don't we just provide healthcare? You know in in district similar to school district. You have any any Fox on that. Judge Vogel. He, you know this crisis has really exposed the challenges in our. System and we talk to our CEO the Harris Health System the public health system and You know they're really bearing the brunt of cases there icy are very much. You know near full, and and just on a normal day. That's almost where they are. So it's it's. It's it's difficult. We see the mortality rates being disparate Just the impact that this has on different communities. There's many reasons for that. You know one big reason why the healthcare system is underfunded is the the lack of Medicaid expansion in Texas you know those are millions and millions of dollars each year that we don't get in terms of just the structure of how healthcare is provided You know I think if we had additional dollars. Certainly, we'd be able to have more services more clinics. This kind of thing one thing to keep in mind those by the time people make it to the hospital. It's almost too late and so that's why we we've been focused in Harris. County already on sort of health more broadly, not just healthcare investing in healthy food initiative like farmers, markets, and in investing in understanding the. The disparity mental health environmental issues made a historic investment on on environmental monitoring and going after bad actors in that sense, because ultimately that's what contributes to these health outcomes, so we've definitely have a long way to go. Unfortunately whether you look upstream issues or whether you look at the actual healthcare issues it does come down to an underinvestment and part of it is made it. Medicaid and part of it is just a lack of emphasis. From the highest levels of government on public health and on healthcare, This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with Harris. County Judge.

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"harris county" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

10:14 min | 1 year ago

"harris county" Discussed on WJR 760

"In Harris County the third judge yeah and this isn't just when you walk into a store anywhere in public you have to wear a mask or a thousand dollar fine yeah I that's you know that's going to be making the people that work at banks very very nervous you know because you probably everybody if you've if you're dealing with a major bank you know if you have an account with a major bank is seen the emails you get a Hey we're still open for business but but but if you can you know you gotta check deposit use the op but with the the tellers you know or at the drive through the whole thing you know kind of limit the exposure if you can but I can't imagine being a teller at a bank or anybody that's working at a bank I just walked watching everybody that walks in right now has a mask you know I mean it's just that's got to be nerve wracking but anywhere in public in Harris County right and we're just Houston right the judge has a thousand dollar fine associated with the order she believes law enforcement will use their discretion what discretion what you gonna what you gonna let the elite rich go without wearing a mask but you're gonna find the poor person about what discretion what will you must bust anybody who's not wearing a mask public so here's my question is how much of a priority is this well you saw on Forsman officers well it's not a big one because the the police union to Middle East said now they put on official letter they put out they put out a letter and I I saw release on your television media you're telling me that they need to go after people during a pandemic right you know that this goes back to do Dallas County when the judge Jenkins there last week issued an order that if you were going to go into an essential business or on public transportation in our case it's the Dallas area rapid transit dart is the acronym if you're gonna write dark or you were going to go into the any essential business that was open essentially anything that's left open then you have to wear a mask it was to protect the employees and the work there was a thousand dollar fine attached to it the next day the county commissioners voted three to two to say now no fine you're not gonna go if you can give people a thousand dollar fine during a pandemic people are out of work people aren't you know again they're not doing well and they only have thirty four hundred dollars in the bank four six hundred dollars a week from the federal government that's not enough but but that whole idea and and I can see that the police officers we've been saying for quite a while what must be like a police officer in a parking lot at a church trying to enforce an absurd rule yeah the police union immediately came out with the public statement against it saying look we we believe people should do it but most people do it on their own and and you know the vast majority the public is cooperating and doing the right thing but we were trying to build a relationship with our with the people out there we start busting people for thousand dollar fines for not wearing a mask yeah exactly and how do you do discretion and and even even the Attorney General came out said you should use your discretion what does that mean well what is his Attorney General saying no use your discretion and don't do it or only some people with masks that don't have masks on get find out what what N. I mean everybody gonna you're gonna question I'm gonna sit them down okay well why is it that you're not we're in a mess well I I don't have it with me I forgot it work or I forgot it at home I forgot in my car or or I have I have a breeding problem but I can't wear a mask it inhibits my breathing that you know it makes me sicker how to wear a mask and I can't you know breathe properly through a mask all right you've just wasted how much time for for that officer who should be dealing with I don't know prime but this is the insanity eight to issue an advisory what the county would like everyone to know that here's why would you wear a mask I think there's a significant number of people that still don't understand why you wear a mask it's not to protect you yeah I want to bring that up because it seemed like the confusion is still out there right well wait a minute the the the original masks that that that people wear don't let the you know don't let the virus in this lets the virus in well that means that lets the virus out so what's the purpose of wearing the mask it's not about letting the virus in around it's about how far the projectiles go well it and that's it it's about protecting someone else from you if you're a symptomatic but you're carrying the disease you're protecting others from you you're trying to mitigate that basically your pre covering your mouth and your nose before you cough or sneeze right it's also not about breeding you know big because people out there saying well you can read right through there this mask and and I don't you know it's if if there's going to be I guess a role for county commissioners are judges in this case you know in the counties are mayors are the federal government you know the advisory role look this is why you wear a mask to be clear to protect others from you so you're trying to cook your eggs in case you cough or sneeze it will it will not go as far and if you're a symptomatic and carrying this disease you won't affect others there are people in those essential businesses out of respect for them how bout you wear a mask pretty simple but no we must have a heavy handed government we're wishing that the most yeah but it's a dumb rule it is so if you're on okay by the way can you golf in Harris County I don't know I'm not sure if you golf you have to wear a mask if you're out in public I if I'm if I'm not on my front lawn and everybody else is out on their front lawn doing lawn work do I have to wear a mask or will I be ticketed again I'm fine I'm fifty feet from the next person that's dumb I well I'm I'm gonna just are wearing the full Deadpool outfit the whole thing not just the mast everything I I saw somebody out and about the other day I was actually going through the drive through part of this parking lot it was a drive thru pharmacy that was attached to a grocery store so I was in the parking lot but I saw someone coming out of the store and they were wearing sunglasses and they were wearing a bandanna over their their face and they had a hoodie on because it was raining and I thought well you know mama was exactly that dissents K. or no it's just the coronavirus I mean I fully expect it to get to the absurd point of you know someone walking in it early on someone walking in a bank wearing a mask and people are like oh my gosh that person has called it no no don't worry I don't have called it I'm just here I'm just gonna commit thank Robert is a comedy bit of fast and always on real I mean seriously it is not but but again I think it's a decent practice I'm showing respect for those workers that are there here's what hit me last week maybe the week before I went into a place and that store was policy clearly that everyone all the workers wearing masks I thought okay I kind of feel you know like a like you know I'm better I'm not doing the right thing here if I walk in I should be able to at least show some respect by wearing the mask now my my lovely niece made one that's pretty great it's gone American eagle on the front of it and and did a great job she met him for the whole family and I were and I wear it when I go into business because the workers there are wearing one and it's it's the new handshake I also when I wake up when I walk in I I've said this a couple weeks ago the new handshake is also what using the sanitizer gel on your way it I mean it's it's kind of a social thing but it's it's to show respect but it's also happens to be effective and for a fundamental reason right now and I just think that when you get into the the policy the heavy policy of a Harris County or Dallas county or state of Michigan we just have to hit the brakes and say what a world we doing here I mean to what extent if you say you should wear a mask anytime you go out if you were you Donna dot you should you must wear a mask any time you go out well then don't go out the safer bet is to stay home nobody gets to go outside at all we can sit and mitigate this thing to the death of an economy but when we're talking about the greatest colony in the world when you get to that point long before you get to that point third world nations will starve people will die as a result of policy eight six six ninety right I but.

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