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Coronavirus in Texas

Texas man tests positive for coronavirus in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend Health and Human Services said the Houston-area man is in his 70s and recently traveled abroad.

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Coronavirus in Texas

Get the latest updates on coronavirus in Texas here. At least 90 Texans’ deaths have been linked to COVID-19, and at least 5,330 people have been diagnosed with the disease. Hospitals are adding more beds, while medical professionals and state leaders are urging Texans to socially distance themselves from others. The state is testing thousands of people a day, but it is often taking longer than a week for Texans to get those results. Learn more about how to get tested here. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Texans are without work as unemployment claims overload the state’s systems. And schools across the state are closed at least until May 4.  

 

 

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The state's first coronavirus case identified outside of a Texas quarantine site is a man in his 70s who lives in the Houston area, Fort Bend County health officials said Wednesday.

The man recently traveled abroad, county officials said. He has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.

A Houston public health lab performed the test for the new coronavirus and returned a "presumptive positive" result. Officials said they sent lab specimens to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation.

“Having a COVID-19 case in Texas is a significant development in this outbreak, but it doesn’t change the fact that the immediate risk to most Texans is low,” John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, said in a statement.

If the presumptive case is confirmed, it would be the 12th instance of coronavirus in Texas. The other cases have all been people who caught the COVID-19 disease overseas and were quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The base was designated as one of the nation's quarantine centers for people considered at risk of having been exposed to the virus overseas. On Tuesday, more than 120 people were released after being cleared by health authorities.

"Remaining calm is of utmost importance," the Fort Bend County statement said. Local health officials urged people not to visit the emergency room unless necessary and to wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs, and stay home when sick.

"It was just a matter of time before Texas announced its first case," said Jacquelyn Johnson-Minter, the director of Fort Bend County's health department. But health officials said there was no evidence of community spread of the virus in Texas.

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