Houston Health Department confirms Houston’s fourth COVID-19 death, 68 new cases

HOUSTON — The Houston Health Department reported today Houston’s fourth coronavirus (COVID-19) death.

The resident, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions, died Friday, March 27. Houston’s three previous COVID-19 deaths were elderly women with underlying health conditions.

The department launched an investigation to identify potential contacts exposed to the virus. The department will provide close contacts guidance about the virus and monitor them for the development of symptoms.

Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The health department is unable to release any additional patient information.

The department also announced today 68 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 377.

The department reports cases involving residents of the city of Houston. Harris County Public Health reports cases involving residents of unincorporated Harris County.

Houstonians may visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips and more.