What Is It?
The COVID-19 Registry is a community registry designed to track the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in the Houston area and provide health departments with real-time information on the virus’s spread, who is being affected and how.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone who lives in the Houston area is urged to sign up for the registry and respond to the registry survey.
What Information Will It Provide?
The registry will provide a wide range of data about those who respond to the survey, including:
• Basic demographics such as age, race, location, gender and household composition
• Underlying medical conditions that could place respondents at greater risk for complications related to COVID-19
• Recent travel patterns
• Potential exposure to COVID-19
• Symptoms experienced
• Testing and access to health care services.
• The extent to which suppression behaviors are practiced
(social distancing, not shaking hands, not touching your face)
• Work situation: Lost job, reduced hours, working from home
• Mental health and economic impacts
• The sources of the information they have about COVID-19
Registry data will be stored in a highly secure system at Rice University. The data will be aggregated and analyzed by the Rice University team.
How Will Public Health Officials Use the Registry?
• Health care providers will have access to real-time information about the impact and spread of COVID-19 in their communities, allowing them to better prepare and manage resources.
• The registry will provide the evidence base for who is most vulnerable to COVID-19 and the effectiveness of various suppression behaviors.
• Policymakers will have real-time information on the economic impacts of COVID-19.