Harris County, TX (Houston area) suspends toll road tolls, extends disaster declaration through April 29

Harris County commissioners discussed several elements of how the county is responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at a March 24 Commissioners Court meeting, including an extension of the disaster declaration and how the county will handle various vulnerable populations, such as the homeless and jail inmates.

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved a motion to extend the county’s disaster declaration to April 29. The declaration gives the county power to make emergency-related purchases without court approval and gives Hidalgo some emergency powers to prevent people from congregating.

The move followed the announcement of a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order than came earlier that morning, which calls on all Harris County residents to stay home for anything that is not deemed “essential” travel.