JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — The Port Arthur Health Department reported the first coronavirus-related death in the city of Groves on Tuesday.
A man between the ages of 75 and 81 with underlying health conditions is the south Jefferson County city's first death according to a news release from the Port Arthur Health Department.
In Southeast Texas, 59 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Jefferson County reported 37 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Tuesday. Liberty County reported 2 deaths.
The new cases bring the total number of reported cases to 13,690 since March. More than 9,900 people have recovered.
Jefferson County reports 79 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 as of September 22.
Here’s the breakdown by county for the eight-county Southeast Texas region...
12News is keeping track of positive cases in eight Southeast Texas counties including Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, and Tyler Counties.
There are five Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units in Southeast Texas. Numbers for the Gist, LeBlanc and Stiles Units in Jefferson County, the Goodman Unit in Jasper County and the Lewis Unit in Tyler County are not included in our graphs.
Here's a look at COVID-19 numbers in Southeast Texas prisons...
12News is receiving data direct from local counties and local health departments as well as the State of Texas.
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.
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.
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
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.