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Posted on: April 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Port Arthur Reports Second COVID-Related Death

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Port Arthur Reports Second Death Related to COVID-19

April 18, 2020

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

The individual was an African American female between the age ranges of 55-60 and she had underlying health conditions.   On April 6, 2020, the Health Department reported the first COVID-19 related death in a white male between the age ranges of 45-50. 

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. We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill and practice social distancing.

These tragic losses emphasize 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.

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