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Posted on: April 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Port Arthur Announces First COVID-Related Death

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April 6, 2020

Port Arthur Reports First Death Related to COVID-19

April 6, 2020

It is with great sadness that the City of Port Arthur Health Department (PAHD) is reporting the first COVID-19 related death of a Port Arthur resident. 

The gentleman was between the ages of 45-50 years old and had underlying health issues. He had no known travel history.  He presented to the hospital with known COVID-19 symptoms and passed away during his hospitalization.

This is an important reminder 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.

This tragic loss emphasizes the importance of taking all protective measures available to stop the spread of COVID-19 and follow the directives of the federal government, Office of the Governor of Texas, Jefferson County, and the City of Port Arthur. For your review, the “Stay Home-Stay Safe Emergency Order” issued by the City of Port Arthur is also available for review at We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill. We also ask that all persons please practice social distancing.

Port Arthur’s First COVID-related Death - April 6, 2020

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