HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Several Houston-area malls are temporarily closing their doors to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The Galleria, Katy Mills and Houston Premium Outlets will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed through March 29, parent company Simon announced today.
“The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees are of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said David Simon, chairman, CEO and president of Simon.
Memorial City Mall also announced it is temporarily closing beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday through at least March 31.
“It is our responsibility to protect our employees, patrons, and tenants,” Jason Johnson, President of MetroNational, said in a statement. “As we continue to monitor ongoing recommendations by our federal, state and local government and healthcare officials, we will determine and announce the re-opening of Memorial City Mall.”
According to Memorial City's Facebook page, Target and restaurants with exterior access will remain open.
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Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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