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Posted on: February 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Reporting COVID-Related Deaths in Port Arthur, Groves - February 25, 2021

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Port Arthur is saddened to report three (3) deaths of residents of Port Arthur, and deaths of two (2) citizens of Groves, all related to COVID-19.

February 25, 2021

It is with great sadness that the City of Port Arthur Health Department is reporting COVID-19 related deaths for Port Arthur and Groves.   The individuals from Port Arthur included two Black Females between the age ranges of 50-55 and 70-75, and a Hispanic Female between the age range of 65-70.  The Groves individuals included a White Female between the age range of 60-65 and a Hispanic Male between the age range of 70-75.  It has been determined these individuals had underlying health conditions.   The Health Department has reported sixty-nine (69) COVID-19 related deaths for Port Arthur and fifteen (15) for Groves 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.  

69th and 15th COVID-Related Deaths for Port Arthur and Groves -February 25, 2021

Message from the Port Arthur Director of Health:

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 [may be lifting], however, 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. 

Judith A. Smith, BSN, RN, ThD

Director of Health Services

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