David Persse

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David Persse said : “This vaccine is not dissimilar from other vaccines in that it gives you some level of protection, but no vaccine is 100 percent effective,” “People have to continue to consider the situations they find themselves in” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While tens of hundreds of thousands have been vaccinated, in a community that still has viral spread, it’s not too big of a surprise there are a small number of people who have become infected,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Only when the amount of illness in the community goes down will this go down,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "It is not a surprise to see the hospitals start to report the same thing. In fact we had anticipated all along what we would see in the wastewater would be a predictor of what we would see in the hospitals," External link

khou Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “All three vaccines are very, very effective in keeping you from getting sick enough to require hospitalization and keeping you alive,” External link

khou Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We do know is that there is a fairly large amount of the U.K. variant in our community and it is spreading," External link

CBSnews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about The UK ) : "The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city," External link

fox5atlanta Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about The UK ) : "The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city," External link

fox35orlando Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse agreed : “The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city,” External link

khou Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse added : "This virus just keeps taking advantage of every opportunity that we give it and we keep giving it opportunities," External link

newsweek-USA Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:56:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get,” “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get,” “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This wastewater analysis is brand new, never been done before,” “Remember, Houston was the first place on the planet to do this, and so, we’re learning as we go” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The bottom line is, and this is really no surprise, the U.K. variant was not just that one case a month ago found in Harris County,” “That gentleman likely got infected here. It’s here. It’s now popping up on the Methodist radars, it’s now popping up in hospitals, it’s now popping up in the wastewater” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The bottom line is, and this is really no surprise, the U.K. variant was not just that one case a month ago found in Harris County,” “That gentleman likely got infected here. It’s here. It’s now popping up on the Methodist radars, it’s now popping up in hospitals, it’s now popping up in the wastewater” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This is great news to see that those numbers are coming down,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 6, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We just don’t want the good to be the enemy of ourselves by saying ‘Oh! It’s all over now,’ then things will get bad again,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 6, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It is the purpose of the second dose to drive home the immunity within your system and, in fact, to develop those B-cells and the T-memory-cells that will give you long-term immunity,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 7:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Our hospitals remain very full and all of the hospital systems are hiring nurses right now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re thinking about getting back into it, the community could certainly use you now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We may be on the downside of this second wave," External link

khou Tuesday, February 2, 2021 3:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It is the purpose of the second dose to drive home the immunity within your system and, in fact, to develop those B-cells and the T-memory-cells that will give you long-term immunity,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If we’re seeing the school is the place where the virus is spreading, then I’ve got to do something like that,” “But if we’re finding that it’s spreading in the community or other places outside the school, then we’re not solving the problem by closing a school. We’re only hurting the kids” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, February 1, 2021 9:04:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Don’t lose sleep if you’re a couple of days late on the second dose," External link

khou Monday, February 1, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s good news. I’m glad to get it, but I’m still scratching my head,” External link

click2houston Friday, January 29, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”I would absolutely not. I would not say it’s heard immunity because you think of heard immunity then people start thinking oh I can start taking the mask off and then we go back to normal. And that would be a disastrous thing,” External link

click2houston Friday, January 29, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Don’t lose sleep if you’re a couple of days late on the second dose," External link

khou Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I wanted to provoke Flaxmere people to find out what's happening," External link

nzherald Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have to expect that the situation will, unfortunately, worsen within the hospitals. At least one-third of the patients in the intensive care units are patients dealing with complications of COVID," External link

khou Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Hospitals are really at a very strained position right now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re someone whose getting it from provider B and you’re seeing provider A has already gone on to another group, and yours’ hasn’t, just have a little bit of patience, they’re going to get you as soon as you can,” External link

click2houston Monday, January 4, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A lot of work is being done right now as we sort of try to figure out ways to meet these challenges,” External link

click2houston Monday, January 4, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “This is a great day because it’s the beginning of the end,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The point is nobody wants there to be any dose sitting around waiting,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : "But, in reality, it comes in what is called cycle-thresholds. It's an inverse relationship, so the higher the number the less virus there was in the initial sample," "Some labs will report out to 40 cycle-thresholds, and if they get a positive at 40 - which means there is a tiny, tiny, tiny amount of virus there - that gets reported to us as positive and we don't know any different" External link

opednews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse asked : "Because if you test me and I have a tiny amount of virus, does that mean I am contagious? That I am still infectious to someone else? If you are shedding a little bit of virus are you just starting? Or are you on the downside?, " External link

opednews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll be protecting healthcare workers, but in particular these are healthcare workers who are in the practice of caring for COVID positive patients,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll be prioritizing those communities that have increased risk and less availability due to all kinds of healthcare inequities,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I’m hearing April is a common answer to that question but I would put a little asterisk with that answer because we’re going to have to wait and see how fast it comes out and how fast it’s consumed,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse stated : "Compared to across the state, we're doing a much better job," "That having been said, we have done better in the past and we brought the numbers down. And, I wish we would move that way again" External link

fox5atlanta Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very contagious and it’s still sickening people,” External link

click2houston Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “One is the weather is changing and as it gets colder people are going to spend more time indoors,” External link

click2houston Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’d want a seat at the table given that the recent policy statement from Labour is fairly light on detail,” “A key question for us, is what is the expectation of private landlords? They may not employ professional property managers - they need upskilling too” External link

Stuff Friday, October 2, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “In the end it doesn’t really matter which party wins the election, we should all be pushing harder to raise the bar,” External link

Stuff Friday, October 2, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This will give us that early warning that we may have otherwise missed so we empower people to take care of themselves,” External link

wacotrib Friday, September 25, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Today, in the city of Houston, we are slowing down the virus,” “Should that change, we may have to rethink things” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “On one hand, it’s part of maintaining public trust and on the other hand it’s staying within the boundaries of the federal privacy law,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”When we last looked at it, what the group told me was that they weren’t really finding any one particular place, nor the type of place. It wasn’t like restaurants and it wasn’t like family gatherings,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”Right now, since there’s so much virus in the community, you really shouldn’t consider anywhere to be safe. Protect yourself in all neighborhoods and all, whatever business you may go into,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It appears that this is really more a function of the social determinants of health and poverty,” External link

khou Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you are dealing with poverty and all the implications of that, you have all the risk factors that are going to put you in a bad situation should you become infected,” External link

khou Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have to get ahead of the virus and testing is really important," "When you know you're positive, you have the power to stop the virus" External link

khou Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "All of Texas is being hit by a hurricane of the virus, if you will, at the same time," "Therefore, there aren't neighboring communities with a lot of capacity to move patients to. That's why we're going to start seeing patients moved to places we hadn't anticipated or hadn't needed to do so in the past" External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We do have reason to believe that people can become re-infected with the same strain. It appears it will take several months in between. But we do have evidence that people can be infected again with the same strain,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone is infected with COVID-19 and not having symptoms, they are still capable of spreading the virus,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The flu shot will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind, influenza and coronavirus are two completely separate families of viruses, and there will be no confusion during testing,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There was concern that Type O blood was protective and that type A blood put people at greater risk. The current belief is that that is not accurate and that there is no advantage or disadvantage of one blood type over the other,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s comparatively a more uncontrolled environment than the intensive care unit and patients ultimately get better care when they’re in the intensive care department,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I suspect that the numbers are different because the state just recently sent out notice that they’re changing the way deaths are going to be counted,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At some point, the clinicians get very good at recognizing it clinically and accurately diagnosing someone with the disease,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have got to slow this down and we have got to slow this down a lot,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have got to slow this down and we have got to slow this down a lot,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 24, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We do have reason to believe that people can become re-infected with the same strain. It appears it will take several months in between. But we do have evidence that people can be infected again with the same strain,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone is infected with COVID-19 and not having symptoms, they are still capable of spreading the virus,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The flu shot will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind, influenza and coronavirus are two completely separate families of viruses, and there will be no confusion during testing,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There was concern that Type O blood was protective and they take a blood, put people at greater risk. The current belief is that that is not accurate and that there is no advantage or disadvantage of one blood type over the other,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "These are the things we keep harping on," "If New York City can do it, there's no reason Houston, Texas, can't do it" External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We need to slow this virus down. This virus has way too much momentum at this point, " "If we have any hope of getting schools open this fall, we need get this viral spread under control" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The average length of the stay is getting shorter," "Doctors and nurses are getting better at what they're doing. The number of new admissions is down as well" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Of course, I'm happy to to see the numbers change direction like this," "But now is not the time to take our foot off the brake. It's changed direction because we put the foot on the brake, but the virus still wants to go faster" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Reopening schools for fall is shaping up to be the single most complicated question that we face with this virus," "Kids need to be in schools for the emotional and psychological growth. But some kids may get sick and have serious complications" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "My biggest fear that we'll see the virus trend in a see-saw direction, where it gets good, and then it gets bad again," External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “They should only be counted once because it's the same name within a short period of time,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have evidence that the virus mutated once in northern Europe. We expect that there is a good chance there could be more mutations in the future. But there have been no other significant mutations than the one that occurred in northern Europe,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone dies in a motor vehicle accident and that is the cause of death, if they were simultaneously infected, it's not a contributing cause to the cause of death. Therefore, it would not be counted,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The recording of the person’s test goes by their home ZIP code. So, it does not go by where they were tested, nor does it go by where they may have contracted the virus,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "With our numbers being so high, I don't anticipate them using pool testing for samples coming from this area," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's just too much virus spreading through the community and our positivity rate is way too high, so we need to focus on that," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "With our numbers being so high, I don't anticipate them using pool testing for samples coming from this area," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's just too much virus spreading through the community and our positivity rate is way too high, so we need to focus on that," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse says : "I just want to put in perspective for those folks who don't see what the issue is. In your experience, you may not know anybody who's sick, and you may not know anybody who's died ... yet," External link

npr Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's a lot of virus spreading through the community," "Some ZIP codes are hotter than others. All this is preventable" External link

khou Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

click2houston Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

nwitimes Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:54:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

muscatinejournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

missoulian Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

lacrossetribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

siouxcityjournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

wcfcourier Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

therepublic Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

tribtown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however," "That's probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there's good news, I don't want people misinterpreting that we're winning the battle. Right now, we're kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work" External link

startribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

dailyjournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

680news Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

msn-uk Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

seattlepi Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At any given time if 1.5% of the population had Covid disease, that would fill every single adult hospital bed in the city, leaving no room for heart attacks and strokes and pregnant women who are having their babies and car accidents and everything else that continues to go on,” External link

fox59 Monday, July 20, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "At any given time if 1.5% of the population had Covid disease, that would fill every single adult hospital bed in the city, leaving no room for heart attacks and strokes and pregnant women who are having their babies and car accidents and everything else that continues to go on," External link

ctvnews Sunday, July 19, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The volume of new cases is more than we can keep up with at this point,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are in an uncontrolled spread,” “We’re not going to be able to stop it. But whatever we can do to slow it down is worth it” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People need to picture that we’re in a truck driving 100 mph down the freeway, and we finally stopped accelerating,” “Well, we’re already going 100 miles an hour. That doesn’t mean you take your foot off the brake” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "If the virus continues to spread uncontrolled like it is now, we will rapidly approach a situation where our hospital partners, who, in spite of the truly tremendous work that they have done to take care of everybody who needs a hospital bed, they're going to be overwhelmed," External link

khou Saturday, July 18, 2020 6:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “So I just want to put in perspective for people who may not see what the issue is,” “And you’re right, in your experience you may not know anyone who is sick, and you may not know anyone who has died -- yet” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Don’t let anybody be fooled by the number of deaths we’re reporting into thinking we don’t have a problem,” External link

khou Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We got a lot of help from our colleagues in New York and Washington. Both technical expertise and my understanding is that some of the nurses that are coming to Texas are actually coming from New York and, and the New England states," External link

khou Friday, July 17, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “In some cases, it’s hard to find family members and they have to do their due diligence to find family members,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Family members have a hard time dealing with a death that’s unexpected; there’s just family dynamics that sometimes slow down that paperwork getting filled out,” “The time it takes for families to get around doing the paperwork isn’t greatly changed because of COVID. People just struggle with it” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “They actually didn’t have an increased load, for whatever reason the funeral directors didn’t pick up the bodies as expected so they wound up with more than they could handle,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We're seeing a significant increase in the people between the ages of 20 and 50 that are becoming infected," "They may not die at the same rate as the people who are over 50 or 60, but you still have a large number of people getting infected — and a small percentage of a big number is still a big number" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “So it’s incredibly challenging the huge numbers it’s incredibly challenging,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Our destiny is in our own hands. ... Follow the rules, it's not that hard. We have been successful before and we can be successful again," External link

khou Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s pretty much been entirely reading ‘saturation’ in red for weeks now,” External link

boston Monday, July 13, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s pretty much been entirely reading ‘saturation’ in red for weeks now,” External link

nytimes Monday, July 13, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If they are not tested in the ER or a doctor does not write that it is COVID presumed, it may never be counted,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 11, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "This community has got to do something to change the direction of the virus," External link

sentinelsource Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Now, COVID-19 infections are three times greater than they were at the peak experienced earlier this spring,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Now, COVID-19 infections are three times greater than they were at the peak experienced earlier this spring,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Another large event like this, which is known as a super-spreader event, is probably not the most responsible thing to do,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We will often get the request for supplies and personnel. So we’ve had some requests for personnel but we’ve not had a huge request,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Because some of them have been working really long hours for months now and they’re not only physically, but also emotionally, exhausted. And, we need to take care of them as well because this is a marathon. This is not a sprint. This is going to be ... we’re going to be dealing with this for months on end,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "That's another game-changer ... if the virus has reached a point where it's transmissible from an airborne standpoint, then we got a whole new set of problems on our hands," External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “the wise, prudent thing to do would be for the Texas GOP to reconsider their position” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “the wise, prudent thing to do would be for the Texas GOP to reconsider their position” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The problem there is that the issue has become a political issue and people have lost sight of the fact that the enemy is the virus,” External link

nytimes Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:05:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very prevalent in the community,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, July 4, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very much out there,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, July 4, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The virus is very prevalent in the community," External link

wrcbtv Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The virus is very much out there," External link

wrcbtv Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “I’m sorry, this is the reality. It’s not political ideology, it’s simple biology,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “People start thinking, ‘Oh, it’s getting better,’ and then go back to the exact same behaviors that give the virus it’s advantage again,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I really think it has to do with that we are more densely populated urban center and so, as you, go out into the more rural communities the physical distancing between people just becomes a matter of normal course and circumstance,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There is some argument that those are people who have reason, they think they got exposed and that may be elevating the percentage a little bit,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If we want to keep businesses open, we got to stick to it and keep businesses open. If we want schools to be open we got to stick to it so the schools can stay open, otherwise, we’re just going to keep going back-and-forth like we are now,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “While we know that masks make a big difference, even though you were wearing a mask, you’ve been less than six feet for more than 15 minutes, you would then qualify as a contact, which then means, those individuals need to go home and quarantine,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 3, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “Reporting of infectious diseases is required by Texas law,” “But, it’s required of physicians and the laboratory. It’s not required of employers” External link

click2houston Friday, July 3, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The problem there is that the issue has become a political issue and people have lost sight of the fact that the enemy is the virus,” External link

nytimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse ajoute : «Pour ces personnes qui ne peuvent se permettre d’atterrir dans un hôpital, il est d’autant plus impératif de porter un masque. Même chez eux. Car souvent dans ces familles, plusieurs générations cohabitent, et parce que la plupart du temps ils ont les emplois les plus exposés» External link

msn-fr Monday, June 29, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Now is the worst time to think that way,” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

barrie Friday, June 26, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We can’t get ahead of the person who doesn’t have symptoms and get them to quarantine,” External link

wsvn Friday, June 26, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

ctvnews Friday, June 26, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We would forward that on predominantly to SETRAC and the Texas Medical Center, so that if individual hospitals wanted to take advantage of it, they would have that information,” External link

click2houston Friday, June 26, 2020 3:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

wacotrib Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Situations in the hospitals continues to worsen,” External link

khou Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s comparatively a more uncontrolled environment than the intensive care unit and patients ultimately get better care when they’re in the intensive care department,” External link

khou Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Losing the support of the federal government for testing sites will undoubtedly have catastrophic cascading consequences in the region’s ability to adequately test, quarantine and isolate, ultimately blunting the progression of COVID-19," External link

thehill Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What we had before was a ripple compared to what we're about to experience,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:42:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What we had before was a ripple compared to what we're about to experience,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Probably the greater factor that's pushing our numbers up is that the positivity rate is now gone from around 3% to around 9% — that's a threefold increase," External link

npr Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “When challenged with those surge plans, (which) are very resource-intensive, and that’s probably not something they would be able to do for a long period of time,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The difference this time is the hurricane, if you will, is infecting the entire state,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The difference this time is the hurricane, if you will, is infecting the entire state,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People talk about this like a second wave. I say this isn’t a second wave. We didn’t have a first wave. It was a ripple,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think that Houstonians did a really good job, right up until now,” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re going to get better and go home, it’s about eight to 10 days,” “But if you wind up in the intensive care unit, it can be 25 to 35 or longer” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “There are multiple factors all occurring at once,” “Our concern is that too many of them are moving in the wrong direction” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “There has been a lot of conversation about prepackaged food,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “I don’t know if the roof being open makes much of a difference,” “When the roof is closed, they’ve got those industrial air conditioning units blowing the air around. If I’m surrounded by people, perhaps the best thing would be to have still air” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : ”It is far more difficult to educate them to get them to the point to where they believe what you are saying,” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse says : “But to some degree it almost doesn’t matter,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about David Persse ) : “This is the wrong trajectory and the numbers for us, our city, especially Houston, are going up at a much more faster rate than we would ever want to be and we gotta stop this thing," Dr. Faisal Masud, of Houston Methodist, said. Houston-area health officials say we have plenty of room in our hospitals, as a whole. However, they say some individual hospitals have been overwhelmed. "Yesterday morning at 9 a.m., four of the hospitals were saying that they were saturated already, so that was 9 o’clock in the morning on a Monday, we usually don't see that in the summertime," Dr. David Persse, Houston Public Health Authority said. Those hospitals were full and were asking ambulances to go elsewhere. Persse says there are two things leading to this. "The governor allows elective surgeries to return, they're ramping up again, that’s filling the hospitals, at the same time COVID is happening, so it’s not just the COVID, it’s the fact that hospitals are opening back up,” External link

khou Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "That’s consistent with what we're seeing as we're walking or driving around town, it’s the younger folks who are out gathering, so it’s not a huge surprise," External link

khou Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The protests had a large number of people in a small space,” “They’re yelling and talking a lot” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The whole issue of social distancing and wearing a mask, I realize there’s fatigue,” “The hard reality is that the virus is still spreading in our community” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Generally about two weeks after an event you start seeing these things showing up in the hospitalization numbers,” “This is the re-opening, this is Mother’s Day, this is Memorial Day, this is all of those things coming together” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll have to wait and see to find out,” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Pretty much all the numbers are moving in the wrong direction at this point,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Every one of us, myself included, has a desire to go back to the way things were,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s understandable, but it’s troubling at the same time because the virus is not gone, and the virus will take advantage of our desires to go back to life the way it was,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We're seeing the numbers increasing. They're not increasing exponentially. But they're increasing linearly in time with the same steady pace. So the optimizations are in fact, increasing our case counts," External link

myanmarnews Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It's frustrating. There's no bad actor here. There's nobody that I can point the finger at and blame. I kind of wish everyone would be a little bit more prompt in the reporting,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “My concern is that if our numbers take off and we start getting a lot of transmission of the virus, a lot of more positive tests, a lot more deaths, that the volume of work will slow (reporting) down again. I'm hoping for the best, but we're preparing for continued delay in recording,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “By the time that we see the numbers ticking up,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “By the time that we see the numbers ticking up,” External link

khou Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:51:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While I very much sympathize with the desire to embrace loved ones, especially during this challenging time, there is no adequate substitution for social distancing. A shower curtain hug, while creative, unfortunately, does not offer the level of protection needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Although I understand the concept, a shower curtain is not personal protective equipment and using it as such includes the potential for exposure,” External link

khou Friday, May 15, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Those delays can sometimes distort one’s perception of reality," External link

khou Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We've now created a program where we are matching using the computers, to match to see if there are any names in the death records and a positive test result with the same name. And we got to make sure we are talking about the same person,” External link

khou Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

beaumontenterprise Monday, May 11, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, May 1, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People who are well-meaning, feeling totally normal are spreading the virus unknowingly,” “Every one of us should get tested” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Because simply that’s a large number of locations to visit and we needed a bigger army to do it,” External link

khou Tuesday, April 28, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse added ( about Willie Nelson ) : “Yet, today we have no reason to do so, other than to stimulate even more unnecessary fear,” “We need to anticipate that and give people the best guidance we can in an environment where [we] do not necessarily have all of the facts. As of today, there is no reason not to go to the Rodeo. I for one am very much looking forward to seeing Willie Nelson, never seen him before! Wish I had better news to share” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

David Persse told : “We have a patient who was a community-acquired case who was hospitalized,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A number of things changed pretty quickly with testing. They were all good things, but they all changed at the same time,” External link

click2houston Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What people need to understand, we need to get to a situation where we have sufficient testing so we have a good idea of what the virus is doing in our community,” “From my area of expertise, we’ve got to have sufficient testing in our community” External link

khou Friday, April 17, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “My hope is more people will get tested, more testing sites will come online, and more mobile sites will be added,” External link

khou Friday, April 17, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “That is the term that is used, ‘immediately,’” “And so, when we get these peaks and valleys, we get these peaks and we get as many as over 600 reports in a day, going back six weeks. That is not helpful” External link

chron Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about Mayor Sylvester Turner ) : “All of these things that we’re doing, all these strategies put in place by Mayor Turner and (County) Judge Hidalgo are working,” “When we hit the peak, whenever that should be, that is not game over. That is halftime” External link

khou Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:14:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We continue to have this inconsistency in the number of cases that are reported to us,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have asked by phone calls and calling around the city and working with our partners in the medical community, we have asked (physicians) to be more prompt than that,” “We would like to know within 24 to 48 hours so that we can make more informed decisions” External link

click2houston Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There’s a lot of confusion,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The salespeople, I’ve been disappointed with and I have argued pretty loudly with them. They are advertising them as if they are a test, as if somebody has the illness, that is not true, that is a falsehood. That is inaccurate and they need to stop doing that,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Those areas are not worse off,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “When we hit the peak, the game isn’t going to be over. That’s halftime,” “That would be the heat of the event” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, April 13, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "That is just unrealistic, and that's not helpful to the community, because we need those tests," "We don't need to be using those on people that would easily meet the clinical definition of having recovered" External link

click2houston Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Our city, unfortunately, will likely see more deaths as this pandemic touches the lives of more people in our community," External link

click2houston Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are saddened by the death of a second Houstonian,” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are saddened by the death of a second Houstonian,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We were told delivery would be regular, but so far that routine isn’t routine yet,” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "This virus does not respect political or geographical boundaries,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in the release. “Our response to this challenge requires that we use every tool in our toolbox to contain and mitigate the very real threat this global outbreak has on our health and our communities. I strongly urge residents, businesses, and schools to take this seriously and to take reasonable precautionary steps to protect our most vulnerable residents from exposure”. 6:20 p.m. - The University of Houston cancels classes. The University of Houston will hold no classes, whether in-person or online, March 16-21, 2020. Classes will resume remotely (online or alternative format) beginning March 23. Students, parents, and faculty can find all coronavirus updates, 2:49 p.m. - Prairie View A&M cancels classes. Prairie View A&M University said Wednesday that classes have been canceled until March 23, but faculty and staff are still required to report to work. 2:00 p.m. — Houston to receive $5M and Texas to receive $35M for COVID-19 response. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention have decided to award $560 million to state and local jurisdictions to help with the response to the coronavirus. Texas will be receiving $35,226,922.50 and Houston will be receiving $5 million of that chunk, according to Peter Hoffman, Advisor for Regional Communications with the White House. See how much money 1:45 p.m. — Houston and Harris County to officially declare emergencies, officials say. Dr. David Persse, an official with the Houston Health Department, said officials are taking these steps to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. “This virus is new to the human population," “None of us have any immunity to it. We don’t how wide it is going to spread. We are watching around the globe. We are seeing many communities and nations coming up with many, many cases and the spread is occurring very rapidly” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “When we do those things together, we can slow down the spread of this virus through our community,” “That is what did not happen in Wuhan. (Coronavirus) exploded in Wuhan. They didn’t know it was coming. They had no time to prepare” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you are a healthy person with mild symptoms and not seriously ill, please self-quarantine at home,” External link

click2houston Monday, March 23, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The drive-thru sites will augment testing by our local medical providers,” External link

click2houston Saturday, March 21, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If you get into any trouble, reach your health care provider for the specific management of your situation,” External link

click2houston Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone in those professions should be infected and is continuing to go to work, they then become high-risk spreaders of the virus, because the people they interact with are the most vulnerable,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, March 20, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have a plan and are ready to go,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are doing these very drastic measures in order to prevent that from occurring in our community,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 14, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

chron Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:16:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We all knew that it was probably a matter of time before this was going to happen,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:13:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:24:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” “What we are trying to do through these very aggressive and, yes, painful decisions, is to slow down the virus” External link

beaumontenterprise Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This virus is new to the human population,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this in order to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

chron Monday, March 9, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill,” External link

nbcdfw Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We believe that the result is, in fact, an actual positive,” External link

click2houston Friday, March 6, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill,” External link

nbcdfw Friday, March 6, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill," External link

chron Friday, March 6, 2020 7:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There will be a prioritization scheme for folks who have no epidemiologic link: they have no travel, they haven’t been around anyone who is sick. They’re not sick; they’re just scared,” “We don’t have the capacity to do all the testing” External link

chron Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We believe that the result is, in fact, an actual positive,” External link

theepochtimes Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A lot of this mass buying of things right now is perhaps a little bit premature and part of the fear that’s going on, but you do need to be thinking ahead. This is what the CDC was trying to get across about a week ago,” “Do I need to start thinking ahead about what if the school should close? What if we have that, what are you going to do in terms of childcare? This is the time for people to start thinking about those sorts of things” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The Houston Health Department routinely investigates and contains infectious diseases and is well-prepared to protect the public if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in our community,” External link

khou Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:02:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

wtsp Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

12newsnow Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

khou Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "A lot of international travel has stopped," External link

click2houston Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Thursday, February 27, 2020 4:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wcnc Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wtsp Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

krem Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

kgw Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

12news Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Those are the sorts of things that stop the progression of a virus throughout a community,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Those are the sorts of things that stop the progression of a virus throughout a community,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

khou Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

newswest9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We are being very vigilant. You do a little bit of math, it’s about a 2% case fatality rate, that’s extremely high for a viral illness " External link

click2houston Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "While there is little that can bring comfort to parents coping with the death of a child, this tragic situation serves as a reminder to all parents about the importance of flu vaccination," External link

kxxv Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While there is little that can bring comfort to parents coping with the death of a child, this tragic situation serves as a reminder to all parents about the importance of flu vaccination,” “Vaccination not only protects the person receiving the vaccination, it’s important to protecting others in the community” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Even with mercury detected inside the Walmart, the threat to the general public remains minimal,” External link

click2houston Friday, December 20, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Friday, December 20, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “With mercury, the biggest concern is long-term exposure, which is not the case in this situation,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Even with mercury detected inside the Walmart, the threat to the general public remains minimal,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

wwlp Monday, December 16, 2019 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Monday, December 16, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, December 16, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Monday, December 16, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll go back to the old days, where we bring most of our most serious trauma cases to the medical center and threaten to overburden them,” “So people need to wear their seat belts, don’t drink and drive and stay out of gunfights” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, October 4, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “A flooded street may look like a playground to a child but there are very often dangers in the water that can lead to serious injury and infection,” External link

click2houston Friday, September 20, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse explique : "Ce phénomène semble toucher principalement les jeunes. Nous savons que les jeunes adultes et les trentenaires sont aussi concernés. Mais ce sont surtout les adolescents et les jeunes au début de la vingtaine qui sont touchés" External link

francetvinfo Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It comes on very, very fast,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “At those temperatures, brain cells are dying, so this is an absolute emergency,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It comes on very, very fast,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At those temperatures, brain cells are dying, so this is an absolute emergency,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Because mosquitoes can breed in as little as a bottle cap full of water, it may seem daunting to try to win this particular aspect of the battle,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, August 8, 2019 4:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population,” External link

chron Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

chron Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

click2houston Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:46:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population," External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "I think there are people who are the conspiracy theorists who are going to believe what they're going to believe," "And then I think there are people who just want to be the best parents they can be, and they're being misinformed" External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population," External link

chron Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "I think there are people who are the conspiracy theorists who are going to believe what they're going to believe," "And then I think there are people who just want to be the best parents they can be, and they're being misinformed" External link

chron Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It tells me the isolation and quarantine efforts are not being done as diligently as it could be done,” External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Let’s say [the warden] does everything exactly right. He’s still at risk,” External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you’re bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods,” External link

fox5sandiego Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wesh Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wesh Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wlwt Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wlwt Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wcvb Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wcvb Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wxii12 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wxii12 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kcci Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kcci Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wmur Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wmur Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

fox10tv Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

Koat Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

Koat Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wyff4 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wyff4 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

newschannel5 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

abcactionnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:53:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wkbw Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

news4jax Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

fox10tv Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

fox10tv Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

foxcarolina Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

foxcarolina Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

news4jax Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

news4jax Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

amren Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility, we don't anticipate these cases posing a threat to the public," External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

erietvnews Monday, February 11, 2019 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have every reason to believe that the individuals who are sick are still at the facility," External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We've been dealing with mumps for hundreds of years. It's a common viral illness," "The number of seven is small, but for this community, that's an uptick and that's one of the reasons it has our attention" External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have every reason to believe that the individuals who are sick are still at the facility," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We've been dealing with mumps for hundreds of years. It's a common viral illness," "The number of seven is small, but for this community, that's an uptick and that's one of the reasons it has our attention" External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We are working with the detention facility to make sure there is isolation and quarantine procedures in effect," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Properly vaccinating your children isn’t just about protecting your child. It’s about protecting your entire family and your community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

news4jax Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

foxnews Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:24:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Properly vaccinating your children isn’t just about protecting your child. It’s about protecting your entire family and your community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

chron Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If we had five or six miracle drugs,” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "If we had five or six miracle drugs," External link

miamiherald Monday, January 14, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If we had five or six miracle drugs,” External link

thedailybeast Monday, January 14, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “He is awake and talking and is with his family,” External link

CBSnews Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “He is awake and talking and is with his family,” External link

therepublic Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "He is awake and talking and is with his family," External link

wxow Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "His condition has improved some but he is still in critical condition," External link

chron Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5:03:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "He is awake and talking and is with his family," External link

time Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "At the same time, this is what I've chosen to do with my career," External link

chron Sunday, February 5, 2017 6:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I hope and I pray our law enforcement and intelligence friends do their job really well," External link

chron Sunday, February 5, 2017 6:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:02:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

afp-en Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

afp-en Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "all kinds of tiny reservoirs for rainwater to collect," External link

cnn Thursday, August 4, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "all kinds of tiny reservoirs for rainwater to collect," External link

cnn Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT



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David Persse said : “This vaccine is not dissimilar from other vaccines in that it gives you some level of protection, but no vaccine is 100 percent effective,” “People have to continue to consider the situations they find themselves in” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While tens of hundreds of thousands have been vaccinated, in a community that still has viral spread, it’s not too big of a surprise there are a small number of people who have become infected,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Only when the amount of illness in the community goes down will this go down,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "It is not a surprise to see the hospitals start to report the same thing. In fact we had anticipated all along what we would see in the wastewater would be a predictor of what we would see in the hospitals," External link

khou Saturday, March 20, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “All three vaccines are very, very effective in keeping you from getting sick enough to require hospitalization and keeping you alive,” External link

khou Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We do know is that there is a fairly large amount of the U.K. variant in our community and it is spreading," External link

CBSnews Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about The UK ) : "The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city," External link

fox5atlanta Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about The UK ) : "The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city," External link

fox35orlando Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse agreed : “The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city,” External link

khou Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The prevalence of the U.K. variant in our wastewater shows it’s actively spreading in our city,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse added : "This virus just keeps taking advantage of every opportunity that we give it and we keep giving it opportunities," External link

newsweek-USA Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:56:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get,” “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The best vaccine you can get is the one that you can get,” “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This wastewater analysis is brand new, never been done before,” “Remember, Houston was the first place on the planet to do this, and so, we’re learning as we go” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The bottom line is, and this is really no surprise, the U.K. variant was not just that one case a month ago found in Harris County,” “That gentleman likely got infected here. It’s here. It’s now popping up on the Methodist radars, it’s now popping up in hospitals, it’s now popping up in the wastewater” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:03:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The bottom line is, and this is really no surprise, the U.K. variant was not just that one case a month ago found in Harris County,” “That gentleman likely got infected here. It’s here. It’s now popping up on the Methodist radars, it’s now popping up in hospitals, it’s now popping up in the wastewater” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This is great news to see that those numbers are coming down,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 6, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We just don’t want the good to be the enemy of ourselves by saying ‘Oh! It’s all over now,’ then things will get bad again,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 6, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It is the purpose of the second dose to drive home the immunity within your system and, in fact, to develop those B-cells and the T-memory-cells that will give you long-term immunity,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 7:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Our hospitals remain very full and all of the hospital systems are hiring nurses right now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re thinking about getting back into it, the community could certainly use you now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We may be on the downside of this second wave," External link

khou Tuesday, February 2, 2021 3:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It is the purpose of the second dose to drive home the immunity within your system and, in fact, to develop those B-cells and the T-memory-cells that will give you long-term immunity,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, February 2, 2021 1:55:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If we’re seeing the school is the place where the virus is spreading, then I’ve got to do something like that,” “But if we’re finding that it’s spreading in the community or other places outside the school, then we’re not solving the problem by closing a school. We’re only hurting the kids” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, February 1, 2021 9:04:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Don’t lose sleep if you’re a couple of days late on the second dose," External link

khou Monday, February 1, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s good news. I’m glad to get it, but I’m still scratching my head,” External link

click2houston Friday, January 29, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”I would absolutely not. I would not say it’s heard immunity because you think of heard immunity then people start thinking oh I can start taking the mask off and then we go back to normal. And that would be a disastrous thing,” External link

click2houston Friday, January 29, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Don’t lose sleep if you’re a couple of days late on the second dose," External link

khou Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I wanted to provoke Flaxmere people to find out what's happening," External link

nzherald Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have to expect that the situation will, unfortunately, worsen within the hospitals. At least one-third of the patients in the intensive care units are patients dealing with complications of COVID," External link

khou Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Hospitals are really at a very strained position right now,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re someone whose getting it from provider B and you’re seeing provider A has already gone on to another group, and yours’ hasn’t, just have a little bit of patience, they’re going to get you as soon as you can,” External link

click2houston Monday, January 4, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A lot of work is being done right now as we sort of try to figure out ways to meet these challenges,” External link

click2houston Monday, January 4, 2021 8:00:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “This is a great day because it’s the beginning of the end,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The point is nobody wants there to be any dose sitting around waiting,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, December 29, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : "But, in reality, it comes in what is called cycle-thresholds. It's an inverse relationship, so the higher the number the less virus there was in the initial sample," "Some labs will report out to 40 cycle-thresholds, and if they get a positive at 40 - which means there is a tiny, tiny, tiny amount of virus there - that gets reported to us as positive and we don't know any different" External link

opednews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse asked : "Because if you test me and I have a tiny amount of virus, does that mean I am contagious? That I am still infectious to someone else? If you are shedding a little bit of virus are you just starting? Or are you on the downside?, " External link

opednews Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll be protecting healthcare workers, but in particular these are healthcare workers who are in the practice of caring for COVID positive patients,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll be prioritizing those communities that have increased risk and less availability due to all kinds of healthcare inequities,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I’m hearing April is a common answer to that question but I would put a little asterisk with that answer because we’re going to have to wait and see how fast it comes out and how fast it’s consumed,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse stated : "Compared to across the state, we're doing a much better job," "That having been said, we have done better in the past and we brought the numbers down. And, I wish we would move that way again" External link

fox5atlanta Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very contagious and it’s still sickening people,” External link

click2houston Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “One is the weather is changing and as it gets colder people are going to spend more time indoors,” External link

click2houston Saturday, November 7, 2020 5:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’d want a seat at the table given that the recent policy statement from Labour is fairly light on detail,” “A key question for us, is what is the expectation of private landlords? They may not employ professional property managers - they need upskilling too” External link

Stuff Friday, October 2, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “In the end it doesn’t really matter which party wins the election, we should all be pushing harder to raise the bar,” External link

Stuff Friday, October 2, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This will give us that early warning that we may have otherwise missed so we empower people to take care of themselves,” External link

wacotrib Friday, September 25, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Today, in the city of Houston, we are slowing down the virus,” “Should that change, we may have to rethink things” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “On one hand, it’s part of maintaining public trust and on the other hand it’s staying within the boundaries of the federal privacy law,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”When we last looked at it, what the group told me was that they weren’t really finding any one particular place, nor the type of place. It wasn’t like restaurants and it wasn’t like family gatherings,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : ”Right now, since there’s so much virus in the community, you really shouldn’t consider anywhere to be safe. Protect yourself in all neighborhoods and all, whatever business you may go into,” External link

click2houston Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It appears that this is really more a function of the social determinants of health and poverty,” External link

khou Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you are dealing with poverty and all the implications of that, you have all the risk factors that are going to put you in a bad situation should you become infected,” External link

khou Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have to get ahead of the virus and testing is really important," "When you know you're positive, you have the power to stop the virus" External link

khou Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "All of Texas is being hit by a hurricane of the virus, if you will, at the same time," "Therefore, there aren't neighboring communities with a lot of capacity to move patients to. That's why we're going to start seeing patients moved to places we hadn't anticipated or hadn't needed to do so in the past" External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We do have reason to believe that people can become re-infected with the same strain. It appears it will take several months in between. But we do have evidence that people can be infected again with the same strain,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone is infected with COVID-19 and not having symptoms, they are still capable of spreading the virus,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The flu shot will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind, influenza and coronavirus are two completely separate families of viruses, and there will be no confusion during testing,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There was concern that Type O blood was protective and that type A blood put people at greater risk. The current belief is that that is not accurate and that there is no advantage or disadvantage of one blood type over the other,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s comparatively a more uncontrolled environment than the intensive care unit and patients ultimately get better care when they’re in the intensive care department,” External link

khou Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I suspect that the numbers are different because the state just recently sent out notice that they’re changing the way deaths are going to be counted,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At some point, the clinicians get very good at recognizing it clinically and accurately diagnosing someone with the disease,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have got to slow this down and we have got to slow this down a lot,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have got to slow this down and we have got to slow this down a lot,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 24, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We do have reason to believe that people can become re-infected with the same strain. It appears it will take several months in between. But we do have evidence that people can be infected again with the same strain,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone is infected with COVID-19 and not having symptoms, they are still capable of spreading the virus,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The flu shot will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. Keep in mind, influenza and coronavirus are two completely separate families of viruses, and there will be no confusion during testing,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There was concern that Type O blood was protective and they take a blood, put people at greater risk. The current belief is that that is not accurate and that there is no advantage or disadvantage of one blood type over the other,” External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "These are the things we keep harping on," "If New York City can do it, there's no reason Houston, Texas, can't do it" External link

khou Thursday, July 23, 2020 4:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We need to slow this virus down. This virus has way too much momentum at this point, " "If we have any hope of getting schools open this fall, we need get this viral spread under control" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The average length of the stay is getting shorter," "Doctors and nurses are getting better at what they're doing. The number of new admissions is down as well" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Of course, I'm happy to to see the numbers change direction like this," "But now is not the time to take our foot off the brake. It's changed direction because we put the foot on the brake, but the virus still wants to go faster" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Reopening schools for fall is shaping up to be the single most complicated question that we face with this virus," "Kids need to be in schools for the emotional and psychological growth. But some kids may get sick and have serious complications" External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "My biggest fear that we'll see the virus trend in a see-saw direction, where it gets good, and then it gets bad again," External link

chron Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “They should only be counted once because it's the same name within a short period of time,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have evidence that the virus mutated once in northern Europe. We expect that there is a good chance there could be more mutations in the future. But there have been no other significant mutations than the one that occurred in northern Europe,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone dies in a motor vehicle accident and that is the cause of death, if they were simultaneously infected, it's not a contributing cause to the cause of death. Therefore, it would not be counted,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The recording of the person’s test goes by their home ZIP code. So, it does not go by where they were tested, nor does it go by where they may have contracted the virus,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "With our numbers being so high, I don't anticipate them using pool testing for samples coming from this area," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's just too much virus spreading through the community and our positivity rate is way too high, so we need to focus on that," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "With our numbers being so high, I don't anticipate them using pool testing for samples coming from this area," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's just too much virus spreading through the community and our positivity rate is way too high, so we need to focus on that," External link

khou Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse says : "I just want to put in perspective for those folks who don't see what the issue is. In your experience, you may not know anybody who's sick, and you may not know anybody who's died ... yet," External link

npr Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There's a lot of virus spreading through the community," "Some ZIP codes are hotter than others. All this is preventable" External link

khou Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:53:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

eagletribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

click2houston Tuesday, July 21, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

nwitimes Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:54:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

muscatinejournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

missoulian Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

lacrossetribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

siouxcityjournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

wcfcourier Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

ChinaPost Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

therepublic Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

tribtown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however," "That's probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there's good news, I don't want people misinterpreting that we're winning the battle. Right now, we're kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work" External link

startribune Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

dailyjournal Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

680news Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

msn-uk Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

seattlepi Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think this is good news. This is no reason for us to take our foot off the brake, however,” “That’s probably my biggest fear. My fear is that anytime there’s good news, I don’t want people misinterpreting that we’re winning the battle. Right now, we’re kind of at a stalemate. If we want to win this battle, we need to keep doing everything that we do that we know works: wear the mask, no large gatherings, wash your hands, etc. Those things work” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At any given time if 1.5% of the population had Covid disease, that would fill every single adult hospital bed in the city, leaving no room for heart attacks and strokes and pregnant women who are having their babies and car accidents and everything else that continues to go on,” External link

fox59 Monday, July 20, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "At any given time if 1.5% of the population had Covid disease, that would fill every single adult hospital bed in the city, leaving no room for heart attacks and strokes and pregnant women who are having their babies and car accidents and everything else that continues to go on," External link

ctvnews Sunday, July 19, 2020 6:39:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The volume of new cases is more than we can keep up with at this point,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are in an uncontrolled spread,” “We’re not going to be able to stop it. But whatever we can do to slow it down is worth it” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People need to picture that we’re in a truck driving 100 mph down the freeway, and we finally stopped accelerating,” “Well, we’re already going 100 miles an hour. That doesn’t mean you take your foot off the brake” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "If the virus continues to spread uncontrolled like it is now, we will rapidly approach a situation where our hospital partners, who, in spite of the truly tremendous work that they have done to take care of everybody who needs a hospital bed, they're going to be overwhelmed," External link

khou Saturday, July 18, 2020 6:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “So I just want to put in perspective for people who may not see what the issue is,” “And you’re right, in your experience you may not know anyone who is sick, and you may not know anyone who has died -- yet” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Don’t let anybody be fooled by the number of deaths we’re reporting into thinking we don’t have a problem,” External link

khou Saturday, July 18, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We got a lot of help from our colleagues in New York and Washington. Both technical expertise and my understanding is that some of the nurses that are coming to Texas are actually coming from New York and, and the New England states," External link

khou Friday, July 17, 2020 6:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “In some cases, it’s hard to find family members and they have to do their due diligence to find family members,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Family members have a hard time dealing with a death that’s unexpected; there’s just family dynamics that sometimes slow down that paperwork getting filled out,” “The time it takes for families to get around doing the paperwork isn’t greatly changed because of COVID. People just struggle with it” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “They actually didn’t have an increased load, for whatever reason the funeral directors didn’t pick up the bodies as expected so they wound up with more than they could handle,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 17, 2020 4:43:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We're seeing a significant increase in the people between the ages of 20 and 50 that are becoming infected," "They may not die at the same rate as the people who are over 50 or 60, but you still have a large number of people getting infected — and a small percentage of a big number is still a big number" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “So it’s incredibly challenging the huge numbers it’s incredibly challenging,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Our destiny is in our own hands. ... Follow the rules, it's not that hard. We have been successful before and we can be successful again," External link

khou Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s pretty much been entirely reading ‘saturation’ in red for weeks now,” External link

boston Monday, July 13, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s pretty much been entirely reading ‘saturation’ in red for weeks now,” External link

nytimes Monday, July 13, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If they are not tested in the ER or a doctor does not write that it is COVID presumed, it may never be counted,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, July 11, 2020 5:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "This community has got to do something to change the direction of the virus," External link

sentinelsource Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Now, COVID-19 infections are three times greater than they were at the peak experienced earlier this spring,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Now, COVID-19 infections are three times greater than they were at the peak experienced earlier this spring,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Another large event like this, which is known as a super-spreader event, is probably not the most responsible thing to do,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We will often get the request for supplies and personnel. So we’ve had some requests for personnel but we’ve not had a huge request,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Because some of them have been working really long hours for months now and they’re not only physically, but also emotionally, exhausted. And, we need to take care of them as well because this is a marathon. This is not a sprint. This is going to be ... we’re going to be dealing with this for months on end,” External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "That's another game-changer ... if the virus has reached a point where it's transmissible from an airborne standpoint, then we got a whole new set of problems on our hands," External link

khou Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “the wise, prudent thing to do would be for the Texas GOP to reconsider their position” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:49:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “the wise, prudent thing to do would be for the Texas GOP to reconsider their position” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The problem there is that the issue has become a political issue and people have lost sight of the fact that the enemy is the virus,” External link

nytimes Sunday, July 5, 2020 5:05:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very prevalent in the community,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, July 4, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The virus is very much out there,” External link

theepochtimes Saturday, July 4, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The virus is very prevalent in the community," External link

wrcbtv Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The virus is very much out there," External link

wrcbtv Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “I’m sorry, this is the reality. It’s not political ideology, it’s simple biology,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “People start thinking, ‘Oh, it’s getting better,’ and then go back to the exact same behaviors that give the virus it’s advantage again,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I really think it has to do with that we are more densely populated urban center and so, as you, go out into the more rural communities the physical distancing between people just becomes a matter of normal course and circumstance,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There is some argument that those are people who have reason, they think they got exposed and that may be elevating the percentage a little bit,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If we want to keep businesses open, we got to stick to it and keep businesses open. If we want schools to be open we got to stick to it so the schools can stay open, otherwise, we’re just going to keep going back-and-forth like we are now,” External link

click2houston Saturday, July 4, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “While we know that masks make a big difference, even though you were wearing a mask, you’ve been less than six feet for more than 15 minutes, you would then qualify as a contact, which then means, those individuals need to go home and quarantine,” External link

click2houston Friday, July 3, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “Reporting of infectious diseases is required by Texas law,” “But, it’s required of physicians and the laboratory. It’s not required of employers” External link

click2houston Friday, July 3, 2020 7:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The problem there is that the issue has become a political issue and people have lost sight of the fact that the enemy is the virus,” External link

nytimes Thursday, July 2, 2020 2:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse ajoute : «Pour ces personnes qui ne peuvent se permettre d’atterrir dans un hôpital, il est d’autant plus impératif de porter un masque. Même chez eux. Car souvent dans ces familles, plusieurs générations cohabitent, et parce que la plupart du temps ils ont les emplois les plus exposés» External link

msn-fr Monday, June 29, 2020 3:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Now is the worst time to think that way,” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

barrie Friday, June 26, 2020 6:58:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We can’t get ahead of the person who doesn’t have symptoms and get them to quarantine,” External link

wsvn Friday, June 26, 2020 2:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

ctvnews Friday, June 26, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We would forward that on predominantly to SETRAC and the Texas Medical Center, so that if individual hospitals wanted to take advantage of it, they would have that information,” External link

click2houston Friday, June 26, 2020 3:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We can't get ahead of the person who doesn't have symptoms and get them to quarantine," External link

wacotrib Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Situations in the hospitals continues to worsen,” External link

khou Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s comparatively a more uncontrolled environment than the intensive care unit and patients ultimately get better care when they’re in the intensive care department,” External link

khou Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Losing the support of the federal government for testing sites will undoubtedly have catastrophic cascading consequences in the region’s ability to adequately test, quarantine and isolate, ultimately blunting the progression of COVID-19," External link

thehill Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What we had before was a ripple compared to what we're about to experience,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:42:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What we had before was a ripple compared to what we're about to experience,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, June 24, 2020 4:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Probably the greater factor that's pushing our numbers up is that the positivity rate is now gone from around 3% to around 9% — that's a threefold increase," External link

npr Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:38:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “When challenged with those surge plans, (which) are very resource-intensive, and that’s probably not something they would be able to do for a long period of time,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The difference this time is the hurricane, if you will, is infecting the entire state,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The difference this time is the hurricane, if you will, is infecting the entire state,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People talk about this like a second wave. I say this isn’t a second wave. We didn’t have a first wave. It was a ripple,” External link

click2houston Monday, June 22, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “I think that Houstonians did a really good job, right up until now,” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If you’re going to get better and go home, it’s about eight to 10 days,” “But if you wind up in the intensive care unit, it can be 25 to 35 or longer” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “There are multiple factors all occurring at once,” “Our concern is that too many of them are moving in the wrong direction” External link

12newsnow Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “There has been a lot of conversation about prepackaged food,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “I don’t know if the roof being open makes much of a difference,” “When the roof is closed, they’ve got those industrial air conditioning units blowing the air around. If I’m surrounded by people, perhaps the best thing would be to have still air” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : ”It is far more difficult to educate them to get them to the point to where they believe what you are saying,” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 20, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse says : “But to some degree it almost doesn’t matter,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about David Persse ) : “This is the wrong trajectory and the numbers for us, our city, especially Houston, are going up at a much more faster rate than we would ever want to be and we gotta stop this thing," Dr. Faisal Masud, of Houston Methodist, said. Houston-area health officials say we have plenty of room in our hospitals, as a whole. However, they say some individual hospitals have been overwhelmed. "Yesterday morning at 9 a.m., four of the hospitals were saying that they were saturated already, so that was 9 o’clock in the morning on a Monday, we usually don't see that in the summertime," Dr. David Persse, Houston Public Health Authority said. Those hospitals were full and were asking ambulances to go elsewhere. Persse says there are two things leading to this. "The governor allows elective surgeries to return, they're ramping up again, that’s filling the hospitals, at the same time COVID is happening, so it’s not just the COVID, it’s the fact that hospitals are opening back up,” External link

khou Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "That’s consistent with what we're seeing as we're walking or driving around town, it’s the younger folks who are out gathering, so it’s not a huge surprise," External link

khou Wednesday, June 17, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The protests had a large number of people in a small space,” “They’re yelling and talking a lot” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The whole issue of social distancing and wearing a mask, I realize there’s fatigue,” “The hard reality is that the virus is still spreading in our community” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:56:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Generally about two weeks after an event you start seeing these things showing up in the hospitalization numbers,” “This is the re-opening, this is Mother’s Day, this is Memorial Day, this is all of those things coming together” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll have to wait and see to find out,” External link

click2houston Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Pretty much all the numbers are moving in the wrong direction at this point,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Every one of us, myself included, has a desire to go back to the way things were,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It’s understandable, but it’s troubling at the same time because the virus is not gone, and the virus will take advantage of our desires to go back to life the way it was,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, June 10, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We're seeing the numbers increasing. They're not increasing exponentially. But they're increasing linearly in time with the same steady pace. So the optimizations are in fact, increasing our case counts," External link

myanmarnews Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It's frustrating. There's no bad actor here. There's nobody that I can point the finger at and blame. I kind of wish everyone would be a little bit more prompt in the reporting,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “My concern is that if our numbers take off and we start getting a lot of transmission of the virus, a lot of more positive tests, a lot more deaths, that the volume of work will slow (reporting) down again. I'm hoping for the best, but we're preparing for continued delay in recording,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “By the time that we see the numbers ticking up,” External link

khou Friday, May 22, 2020 1:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse explained : “By the time that we see the numbers ticking up,” External link

khou Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:51:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While I very much sympathize with the desire to embrace loved ones, especially during this challenging time, there is no adequate substitution for social distancing. A shower curtain hug, while creative, unfortunately, does not offer the level of protection needed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Although I understand the concept, a shower curtain is not personal protective equipment and using it as such includes the potential for exposure,” External link

khou Friday, May 15, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Those delays can sometimes distort one’s perception of reality," External link

khou Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We've now created a program where we are matching using the computers, to match to see if there are any names in the death records and a positive test result with the same name. And we got to make sure we are talking about the same person,” External link

khou Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

beaumontenterprise Monday, May 11, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Quite honestly, nobody’s ever done this before,” “We’ve never really tracked an illness across a huge community like the fourth largest city in the nation, using not only testing of individuals, but at the same time testing the wastewater. So, we’re trying some new techniques, and we need to refine those before we can really hang our hat on what the results show” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, May 1, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “People who are well-meaning, feeling totally normal are spreading the virus unknowingly,” “Every one of us should get tested” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Because simply that’s a large number of locations to visit and we needed a bigger army to do it,” External link

khou Tuesday, April 28, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse added ( about Willie Nelson ) : “Yet, today we have no reason to do so, other than to stimulate even more unnecessary fear,” “We need to anticipate that and give people the best guidance we can in an environment where [we] do not necessarily have all of the facts. As of today, there is no reason not to go to the Rodeo. I for one am very much looking forward to seeing Willie Nelson, never seen him before! Wish I had better news to share” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

David Persse told : “We have a patient who was a community-acquired case who was hospitalized,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:44:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A number of things changed pretty quickly with testing. They were all good things, but they all changed at the same time,” External link

click2houston Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “What people need to understand, we need to get to a situation where we have sufficient testing so we have a good idea of what the virus is doing in our community,” “From my area of expertise, we’ve got to have sufficient testing in our community” External link

khou Friday, April 17, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “My hope is more people will get tested, more testing sites will come online, and more mobile sites will be added,” External link

khou Friday, April 17, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “That is the term that is used, ‘immediately,’” “And so, when we get these peaks and valleys, we get these peaks and we get as many as over 600 reports in a day, going back six weeks. That is not helpful” External link

chron Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:15:00 AM EAT

David Persse said ( about Mayor Sylvester Turner ) : “All of these things that we’re doing, all these strategies put in place by Mayor Turner and (County) Judge Hidalgo are working,” “When we hit the peak, whenever that should be, that is not game over. That is halftime” External link

khou Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:14:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We continue to have this inconsistency in the number of cases that are reported to us,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have asked by phone calls and calling around the city and working with our partners in the medical community, we have asked (physicians) to be more prompt than that,” “We would like to know within 24 to 48 hours so that we can make more informed decisions” External link

click2houston Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:50:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There’s a lot of confusion,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The salespeople, I’ve been disappointed with and I have argued pretty loudly with them. They are advertising them as if they are a test, as if somebody has the illness, that is not true, that is a falsehood. That is inaccurate and they need to stop doing that,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, April 14, 2020 5:28:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Those areas are not worse off,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Heat maps are a slice in time,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in,” External link

click2houston Monday, April 13, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “When we hit the peak, the game isn’t going to be over. That’s halftime,” “That would be the heat of the event” External link

houstonchronicle Monday, April 13, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "That is just unrealistic, and that's not helpful to the community, because we need those tests," "We don't need to be using those on people that would easily meet the clinical definition of having recovered" External link

click2houston Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Our city, unfortunately, will likely see more deaths as this pandemic touches the lives of more people in our community," External link

click2houston Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are saddened by the death of a second Houstonian,” External link

houstonchronicle Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are saddened by the death of a second Houstonian,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We were told delivery would be regular, but so far that routine isn’t routine yet,” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "This virus does not respect political or geographical boundaries,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in the release. “Our response to this challenge requires that we use every tool in our toolbox to contain and mitigate the very real threat this global outbreak has on our health and our communities. I strongly urge residents, businesses, and schools to take this seriously and to take reasonable precautionary steps to protect our most vulnerable residents from exposure”. 6:20 p.m. - The University of Houston cancels classes. The University of Houston will hold no classes, whether in-person or online, March 16-21, 2020. Classes will resume remotely (online or alternative format) beginning March 23. Students, parents, and faculty can find all coronavirus updates, 2:49 p.m. - Prairie View A&M cancels classes. Prairie View A&M University said Wednesday that classes have been canceled until March 23, but faculty and staff are still required to report to work. 2:00 p.m. — Houston to receive $5M and Texas to receive $35M for COVID-19 response. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention have decided to award $560 million to state and local jurisdictions to help with the response to the coronavirus. Texas will be receiving $35,226,922.50 and Houston will be receiving $5 million of that chunk, according to Peter Hoffman, Advisor for Regional Communications with the White House. See how much money 1:45 p.m. — Houston and Harris County to officially declare emergencies, officials say. Dr. David Persse, an official with the Houston Health Department, said officials are taking these steps to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. “This virus is new to the human population," “None of us have any immunity to it. We don’t how wide it is going to spread. We are watching around the globe. We are seeing many communities and nations coming up with many, many cases and the spread is occurring very rapidly” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “When we do those things together, we can slow down the spread of this virus through our community,” “That is what did not happen in Wuhan. (Coronavirus) exploded in Wuhan. They didn’t know it was coming. They had no time to prepare” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If you are a healthy person with mild symptoms and not seriously ill, please self-quarantine at home,” External link

click2houston Monday, March 23, 2020 7:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The drive-thru sites will augment testing by our local medical providers,” External link

click2houston Saturday, March 21, 2020 6:04:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If you get into any trouble, reach your health care provider for the specific management of your situation,” External link

click2houston Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “If someone in those professions should be infected and is continuing to go to work, they then become high-risk spreaders of the virus, because the people they interact with are the most vulnerable,” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, March 20, 2020 10:31:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have a plan and are ready to go,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 17, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are doing these very drastic measures in order to prevent that from occurring in our community,” External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While most healthy people will recover from COVID-19, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious health consequences,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 14, 2020 6:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

chron Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “That’s the gap that this is going to fill, is the fact that a lot of doctor’s offices don’t have the particular type of swab it requires, or they don’t have personal protective equipment or they don’t have a relationship with a lab that can do it,” External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 5:16:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We all knew that it was probably a matter of time before this was going to happen,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:13:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:24:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this to save lives,” “What we are trying to do through these very aggressive and, yes, painful decisions, is to slow down the virus” External link

beaumontenterprise Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “This virus is new to the human population,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’re doing this in order to save lives,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “While we are all bombarded with a huge amount of information about COVID-19, some people may find certain details confusing or even worrisome,” External link

chron Monday, March 9, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill,” External link

nbcdfw Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We believe that the result is, in fact, an actual positive,” External link

click2houston Friday, March 6, 2020 5:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill,” External link

nbcdfw Friday, March 6, 2020 3:30:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "The patient knew to monitor for symptoms and quickly sought medical care when he started feeling ill," External link

chron Friday, March 6, 2020 7:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “There will be a prioritization scheme for folks who have no epidemiologic link: they have no travel, they haven’t been around anyone who is sick. They’re not sick; they’re just scared,” “We don’t have the capacity to do all the testing” External link

chron Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We believe that the result is, in fact, an actual positive,” External link

theepochtimes Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “A lot of this mass buying of things right now is perhaps a little bit premature and part of the fear that’s going on, but you do need to be thinking ahead. This is what the CDC was trying to get across about a week ago,” “Do I need to start thinking ahead about what if the school should close? What if we have that, what are you going to do in terms of childcare? This is the time for people to start thinking about those sorts of things” External link

click2houston Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The Houston Health Department routinely investigates and contains infectious diseases and is well-prepared to protect the public if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in our community,” External link

khou Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:02:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

wtsp Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

12newsnow Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "You can get toilet water coming into the main lines," External link

khou Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "A lot of international travel has stopped," External link

click2houston Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:41:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Thursday, February 27, 2020 4:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:25:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wcnc Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wtsp Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

krem Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

kgw Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

12news Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Those are the sorts of things that stop the progression of a virus throughout a community,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

wusa9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Those are the sorts of things that stop the progression of a virus throughout a community,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

firstcoastnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

13newsnow Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

12newsnow Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

khou Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:19:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “We are anticipating that that it is likely to occur at some point, hopefully it won’t, but we need to anticipate and behave as if it will at some point so we can take advantage of the time we have now and change our behaviors and protect ourselves should it occur that it spreads in the United States,” External link

newswest9 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We are being very vigilant. You do a little bit of math, it’s about a 2% case fatality rate, that’s extremely high for a viral illness " External link

click2houston Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "While there is little that can bring comfort to parents coping with the death of a child, this tragic situation serves as a reminder to all parents about the importance of flu vaccination," External link

kxxv Tuesday, December 31, 2019 10:14:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “While there is little that can bring comfort to parents coping with the death of a child, this tragic situation serves as a reminder to all parents about the importance of flu vaccination,” “Vaccination not only protects the person receiving the vaccination, it’s important to protecting others in the community” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9:13:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Even with mercury detected inside the Walmart, the threat to the general public remains minimal,” External link

click2houston Friday, December 20, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Friday, December 20, 2019 5:55:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “With mercury, the biggest concern is long-term exposure, which is not the case in this situation,” External link

houstonchronicle Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:23:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Even with mercury detected inside the Walmart, the threat to the general public remains minimal,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:22:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

wwlp Monday, December 16, 2019 8:29:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Monday, December 16, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

news-yahoo Monday, December 16, 2019 5:54:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “The threat to the public is very low because the spill occurred outdoors and the amount of chemical spilled is small,” External link

click2houston Monday, December 16, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We’ll go back to the old days, where we bring most of our most serious trauma cases to the medical center and threaten to overburden them,” “So people need to wear their seat belts, don’t drink and drive and stay out of gunfights” External link

houstonchronicle Friday, October 4, 2019 5:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “A flooded street may look like a playground to a child but there are very often dangers in the water that can lead to serious injury and infection,” External link

click2houston Friday, September 20, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse explique : "Ce phénomène semble toucher principalement les jeunes. Nous savons que les jeunes adultes et les trentenaires sont aussi concernés. Mais ce sont surtout les adolescents et les jeunes au début de la vingtaine qui sont touchés" External link

francetvinfo Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It comes on very, very fast,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “At those temperatures, brain cells are dying, so this is an absolute emergency,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “It comes on very, very fast,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “At those temperatures, brain cells are dying, so this is an absolute emergency,” External link

khou Friday, August 9, 2019 3:04:00 AM EAT

David Persse wrote : “Because mosquitoes can breed in as little as a bottle cap full of water, it may seem daunting to try to win this particular aspect of the battle,” External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, August 8, 2019 4:36:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population,” External link

chron Wednesday, July 31, 2019 8:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

houstonchronicle Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:46:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "There are certain people in our society who will suffer greatly for it," "We can prevent this. We have the tools" External link

chron Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:11:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

click2houston Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “As with any infectious disease investigation, we are looking at the individual cases to identify possible contacts to ensure sure proper action is taken as needed to prevent this disease from spreading further,” External link

khou Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:46:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population," External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "I think there are people who are the conspiracy theorists who are going to believe what they're going to believe," "And then I think there are people who just want to be the best parents they can be, and they're being misinformed" External link

houstonchronicle Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Not only do vaccines protect most people who get vaccinated, but if enough people get vaccinated, then a disease never has a chance to steamroll its way through a population," External link

chron Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "I think there are people who are the conspiracy theorists who are going to believe what they're going to believe," "And then I think there are people who just want to be the best parents they can be, and they're being misinformed" External link

chron Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:34:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “It tells me the isolation and quarantine efforts are not being done as diligently as it could be done,” External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Let’s say [the warden] does everything exactly right. He’s still at risk,” External link

kxxv Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you’re bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods,” External link

fox5sandiego Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:06:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wesh Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wesh Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wlwt Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wlwt Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wcvb Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wcvb Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wxii12 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wxii12 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:05:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kcci Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

kcci Tuesday, March 12, 2019 4:02:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wmur Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wmur Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

fox10tv Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

Koat Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

Koat Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wyff4 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wyff4 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

newschannel5 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:59:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

abcactionnews Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:53:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

wkbw Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:13:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

news4jax Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:18:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:47:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

fox10tv Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

fox10tv Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:07:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

foxcarolina Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

foxcarolina Wednesday, March 6, 2019 6:46:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:27:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

clickondetroit Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

news4jax Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

news4jax Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "To some degree, this is foreseeable, because you're bringing a lot of people and housing them in tight spaces for long periods," External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "asks these folks about vaccination, but many of them don't have any clue ... or have no paperwork," "Some of them have never seen a doctor in their entire life" External link

click2houston Wednesday, March 6, 2019 12:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

amren Wednesday, February 13, 2019 5:30:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility, we don't anticipate these cases posing a threat to the public," External link

beaumontenterprise Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:12:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

erietvnews Monday, February 11, 2019 1:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have every reason to believe that the individuals who are sick are still at the facility," External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We've been dealing with mumps for hundreds of years. It's a common viral illness," "The number of seven is small, but for this community, that's an uptick and that's one of the reasons it has our attention" External link

upi Sunday, February 10, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have every reason to believe that the individuals who are sick are still at the facility," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We've been dealing with mumps for hundreds of years. It's a common viral illness," "The number of seven is small, but for this community, that's an uptick and that's one of the reasons it has our attention" External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We are working with the detention facility to make sure there is isolation and quarantine procedures in effect," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Properly vaccinating your children isn’t just about protecting your child. It’s about protecting your entire family and your community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:06:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

news4jax Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

foxnews Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:24:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “Properly vaccinating your children isn’t just about protecting your child. It’s about protecting your entire family and your community,” External link

click2houston Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:35:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

houstonchronicle Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:42:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community," External link

chron Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” External link

click2houston Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If we had five or six miracle drugs,” External link

ABCnews Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "If we had five or six miracle drugs," External link

miamiherald Monday, January 14, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “If we had five or six miracle drugs,” External link

thedailybeast Monday, January 14, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “He is awake and talking and is with his family,” External link

CBSnews Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:10:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : “He is awake and talking and is with his family,” External link

therepublic Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:21:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "He is awake and talking and is with his family," External link

wxow Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:12:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "His condition has improved some but he is still in critical condition," External link

chron Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5:03:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "He is awake and talking and is with his family," External link

time Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4:01:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "At the same time, this is what I've chosen to do with my career," External link

chron Sunday, February 5, 2017 6:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "I hope and I pray our law enforcement and intelligence friends do their job really well," External link

chron Sunday, February 5, 2017 6:29:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : “We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries,” External link

ngrguardiannews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:02:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:08:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

afp-en Tuesday, September 27, 2016 3:57:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "We have high hopes that all these folks are going to survive their injuries," External link

afp-en Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:52:00 AM EAT

David Persse said : "all kinds of tiny reservoirs for rainwater to collect," External link

cnn Thursday, August 4, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

David Persse said : "all kinds of tiny reservoirs for rainwater to collect," External link

cnn Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:50:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
director33.33%EN09/28/201728/09/2017
emergency services director20.51%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
houston emergency services director20.51%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
public health officer5.13%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
officer5.13%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
health officer5.13%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
medical director of emergency services5.13%EN02/05/201705/02/2017
physician director2.56%EN06/30/201630/06/2016
medical director2.56%EN06/17/201617/06/2016
Names Lang Count
David PersseEN60.00%
David PearseEN22.50%
David PersseFR17.50%
David PerseSL0.00%


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