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February 8, 2021
It is with great sadness that the City of Port Arthur Health Department is reporting COVID-19 related deaths for Port Arthur and Nederland. The individuals from Port Arthur included a Hispanic female between the age range of 65-70 and an African American female between 55-60. The individuals from Nederland were two (2) White males, both between 70-75 years of age. It has been determined these individuals had underlying health conditions. The Health Department has reported sixty-two (62) COVID-19 related deaths for Port Arthur and twenty-three (23) for Nederland since the beginning of this pandemic.
We emphasize again that COVID-19 is a very serious disease. While 80% of individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover, they may spread the disease to people who are at high risk. The elderly and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems are at a much higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing, and wear a mask when in public.
Report of COVID-Related Deaths for Port Arthur and Nederland as of February 8, 2021
I would just like to remind the public that we are still in a Pandemic and the importance of keeping themselves safe by following the public health protocols. The mask mandate is still in effect and people should still wear a mask when they are in public places where social distancing is not available.
Many people are recovering with no problems or complications, but this virus could be and has been fatal for some people with underlying health conditions. The Health Department has partnered with Gulf Coast Health Center to provide free testing for residents of Port Arthur. Residents should call the COVID number at (409) 983-8880 for a referral for testing. Remember, it is not necessary to have symptoms in order to get tested.
Also, please note:
When registering for the COVID vaccine on the website created by the County, you have the option to select the location where you want to take your vaccine. The City of Port Arthur Health Department is receiving vaccines as others in the County, and have been administering vaccines to citizens from the online registration created first by Port Arthur. Once these individuals are vaccinated, the health department will begin calling people from the list created by Jefferson County.
Judith A. Smith, BSN, RN, ThD,
Director of Health Services
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