As COVID-19 arrives in our region, I want to remind you that what our city has been through in the past has made Houston what it is today: Strong. I want to also let you know that Memorial Hermann is here for you today, as we have been for more than 100 years. We have been ready for a pandemic like COVID-19 for years, and we are putting our plans and preparations into action to ensure the health of Houston.
Houstonians have a long history of getting through a crisis and coming out stronger in the end. Just like Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19 is going to require us to once again come together. During Harvey we came together to rescue our neighbors. Today, taking care of each other means we have to adjust to all the changes around us – including social distancing.
Organizations around Houston are making difficult but necessary decisions to cancel events and reduce the number of large gatherings. This is all in line with the recommendations from local and national health authorities to help stop the spread of the virus.
And now, we are calling on all Houstonians to respond appropriately and do your part. Avoid large groups as much as you can, especially if you are 60 years or older or have a chronic medical condition. Wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick. Protect yourself and others.
Together, even in these uncertain days, we can all help take care of each other by following these simple guidelines that help us prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to work with the Greater Houston community and our fellow health systems to ensure that Houstonians are prepared and ready to protect themselves and their families. Because, at the end of the day, you are not just our patients. You are our neighbors. Our colleagues. Our friends.
David L. Callender, MD