With this most recent development, the total case count for the Southeast Texas area now sits at 21 known cases.
From Beaumont Public Health:
Today, March 27, 2020 the Beaumont Public Health Department (BPHD) received confirmation of 4 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) bringing the current number to 12. The individuals are all residents of Beaumont. Of the reports received today, two (2) are in the age range of 30-40, one (1) is in the age range of 50-60, and one (1) is in the age range of 75-85.
The previous 8 confirmations fall in the following age ranges:
1 between the ages of 20-30
2 between the ages of 35-45
1 between the ages of 55-65
3 between the ages of 65-75
1 between the ages of 70-80
Eight (8) of the 12 confirmed cases have been associated with travel.
Ten (10) persons are recuperating at home and 2 are hospitalized.
For confidentiality purposes, BPHD is not releasing any additional information to identify the individual.
BPHD is continuing epidemiological investigations on the confirmations and is working to quickly identify close contacts of the individual. Those may include family, friends, co-workers and other potential contacts.
These are steps you must take to keep you and your loved ones protected:
- 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 with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough and sneeze into your elbow. Do not cough and sneeze into your hands.
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Get a flu shot. The flu vaccine does not offer protection against COVID-19, but it is also flu season.
- Avoid crowds of more than 10 people.
Call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath and are concerned you have come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient or have a history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset.
It is important that you call first so your healthcare provider can evaluate your risk and determine your need to be seen in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.