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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Public Service Announcement: A Look at the Numbers - COVID-19 Cases - Port Arthur and Mid County

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April 19, 2020

The City of Port Arthur Health Department and Jefferson County Health Department are releasing updates for COVID-19 positive individuals in South and a portion of North Jefferson County. 

The situation is fluid as the health departments are receiving results from the testing sites, the hospitals, and other private labs.  The data below reflects current reports as of April 19, 2020.

Please take a look at the data:

The City of Port Arthur Health Department has prepared Q&A to assist you during these uncertain times.  We want you to know that we are here for you and will update this list as we hear new concerns.

Q: Why should I stay at home when I don’t feel sick?


Per the CDC, there are reports of asymptomatic infections (detection of virus with no development of symptoms) and pre-symptomatic infections (detection of virus prior to development of symptoms) with SARS-CoV-2, but their role in transmission is not yet known. Based on existing literature, the incubation period (the time from exposure to development of symptoms) of SARS-CoV-2 and other corona viruses (e.g. MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV), ranges from 2–14 days.

  • Simply put, there is a possibility that a person may be infected with COVID-19 and not experience symptoms.  This is the reason certain guidelines have been put in place.
  • COVID-19 is a new virus that is being researched.  At the present, there are questions on which bodily fluids transmit the virus. While viable, infectious SARS-CoV has been isolated from respiratory, blood, urine, and stool specimens.  It is not yet known whether other non-respiratory body fluids from an infected person including vomit, urine, breast milk, or semen can contain viable, infectious SARS-CoV-2.
  • We urge everyone to obey ALL social distancing guidelines.  These guidelines are in place to help keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Feel free to contact the COVID-19 hotline at (409)550-2536 24hrs/Everyday with questions or concerns.

Q: How do I Clean and Disinfect my home?

Be sure to wear gloves to clean and disinfect:


  • Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • Disinfect 
    • Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. 
    • Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.

    • Take precautions such as wearing gloves, and make sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

    • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against corona viruses when properly diluted.

    • To make a bleach solution, mix:

      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of bleach per gallon of water, OR

      • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

      • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.

  • Clean hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
    • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
    • Additional key times to clean hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After contact with animals or pets
      • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Q:  What should I do if I have a positive test?

You should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:


  • Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people and pets in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available. You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people even at home.

Q: Who should I call if I have a positive test?


  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Call ahead. Many Medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or teleconference (if available).
  • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19.  This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

Q: How long will I have to quarantine if I have a positive test?


People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home, isolated) can stop home isolation only under the following conditions:

  • If you will NOT have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three (3) full days of no fever, and without the use medicine that reduces fevers), AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved), AND
    • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If you WILL be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home AFTER these three things have happened:
    • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers), AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved), AND
    • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

COVID-19 Data as of April 19, 2020- Port Arthur and Mid County

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