To better track the coronavirus' spread in real-time, residents of the Greater Houston area are encouraged to take part in the COVID-19 Registry, which collects information on how the pandemic has affected participants’ health and economic well-being. 

The COVID-19 Registry is a research study focusing on participants' health. It provides real-time information to health departments on the spread of COVID-19, who is being affected and how. Participants take on average about 10 minutes to complete a survey.

The registry will help to:

  • Track virus spread over time and across geography
  • Measure economic and health impacts
  • Anticipate healthcare needs as the pandemic unfolds
  • Understand behavior in response to policy changes
  • Identify popular and effective sources of information

The registry was first launched in mid-April and has so far collected more than 6,000 survey responses. However, the vast majority of survey-takers live in the Houston region and are not representative of the population as a whole. Research has shown that the pandemic is disproportionately impacting communities of color. It is important that these vulnerable populations also take part in the survey so that health officials can more accurately determine where services are needed most.

Data from the registry will be stored in a highly secure system built by Rice University. Things that we learn from the registry will be published, but will not include any information that would identify you or any other participant.

Visit the COVID-19 Registry to take the survey.


The COVID-19 Registry is a joint venture of Chambers County, Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District, Environmental Defense Fund, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health, Harris County Public Health Department, Houston Health Department, Montgomery County, Olive Branch Muslim Family Services, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Victoria Emergency Management, and Rice University.


Rashida Callender

  • Associate in Research, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Joally M. Canales

Joally M. Canales

  • Community Outreach Coordinator, Kinder Institute for Urban Research