One of the largest livestock exhibitions and rodeos in the world will close early due to novel coronavirus fears, Houston city officials announced today.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opened on March 3 and was scheduled to run until March 22. It will now close this afternoon, officials said at a press conference today.
"Up until yesterday, all of the cases had been related to international travel," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. A Montgomery County coronavirus case that was reported Tuesday night "was evidence of some community spread," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
Despite the containment efforts, "we will see wider spread," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.
"If we had the capability to test more people, we surely would be having more positives and perhaps more evidence of community transmission," Hidalgo said.
All other city events for the month of March will also be rescheduled or canceled, Turner said.
There are 21 confirmed cases in Texas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services