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HPD Chief Troy Finner tests positive for COVID-19

Finner said his symptoms are mild and urged everyone who has been in close proximity to him since Saturday to get tested.

HOUSTON — Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner has tested positive for COVID-19, the department announced on Twitter Wednesday.

The chief said he learned he may have been exposed to the virus on Tuesday and got his results Wednesday that confirmed he was COVID-19 positive. He said his symptoms are mild and he is spending the next several days isolating himself at home and getting rest.

Finner urged everyone who was in close proximity to him since Saturday to get tested for the virus.

Read his full statement below:

There has been a steady increase in the number of positive COVID cases over the past two months.

In fact, the summer months are when Texas sees a huge spike in positive COVID cases.

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"Summer of 2020, that's when we had our first big wave," said Dr. Peter Hotez with Baylor College of Medicine. "And then we got hit again in 2021 and that was pretty devastating."

Houston's 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate stood at 21.1% last week, according to our wastewater.

RELATED: COVID numbers continue to rise in Houston, wastewater shows

As of Wednesday, the City of Houston's COVID-19 wastewater monitoring dashboard shows a 24% positivity rate.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK THE INTERACTIVE MAP THAT SHOWS THE WASTEWATER LEVELS IN HOUSTON 

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