BEAUMONT, Texas — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country 12News is working to keep you updated on the number of positive coronavirus cases in Southeast Texas.

Specifically we're tracking the eight counties in our viewing area including, Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Chambers, Liberty, Tyler Newton and Jasper Counties.

Locally we're getting data direct from the counties and local health departments. You can scroll down for more statewide numbers, and more maps as well as links to Louisiana numbers.

Here’s the breakdown by county for the eight-county Southeast Texas region…

COVID-19 Positive Tests: 210 Fatalities: 8

  • Jefferson County: 92 Fatal: 5
    • Beaumont: 57 Fatal: 4
    • Port Arthur: 20 Fatal: 1
    • Groves: 4
    • Port Neches: 1
    • Nederland: 6
    • China/Nome: 3
    • Fannett/LaBelle: 1
  • Orange County: 31
    • Bridge City: 2
    • Forest Heights: 1
    • Lakeview: 1
    • Little Cypress: 2
    • Mauriceville: 2
    • McLewis: 1
    • Orange: 6
    • Orangefield: 4
    • Pine Forest area: 4
    • Vidor: 7
    • West Orange: 1
  • Hardin County: 41 Fatal: 2
    • Lumberton: 27 Fatal: 1
    • Silsbee: 13 Fatal: 1
    • Village Mills: 1
  • Tyler County: 4
    • Hillister: 1
    • Outside city limits: 1
    • Ivanhoe: 2
  • Jasper County: 5 Fatal: 1
    • Jasper: 2 Fatal: 1
    • Buna: 3
  • Newton County: 1
    • Wiergate: 1
  • Chambers County: 22
  • Liberty County: 14

Here are some stats for the hotline operated by the Southeast Texas Regional Operations Center which services all Southeast Texas counties except Chambers and Liberty Counties.

  • Total calls received: 3,063
  • Calls received Wednesday:  128
  • Tests performed at Jefferson, Hardin County sites: 1,188

The health hotline takes calls 24 hours a day at (409) 550-2536.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or you believe you have been exposed to an infected individual, you can call to be evaluated for testing.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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.

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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.

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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

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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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