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Health dept announces 1st Mid-County resident to test positive for coronavirus

The Jefferson County Health Department confirmed Friday afternoon that a Groves resident has tested for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Authorities said the infected individual resides in Groves, is quarantined at home and is cooperating with the heath department and medical officials.

The gender of the person was not released, only that individual is between 35 and 45 years of age.

The Port Arthur Health Department is conducting an investigation, working quickly to identify close contacts of the individual.

D.E. Sosa, city manager for Groves, received a call from Dr. Cecil Walkes, Jefferson County Public Health Authority, advising him a person from Groves had tested positive.
Sosa said he asked a number of questions and learned the person is 39-years-old but does not know a gender or other information . He has made council members aware of the issue.
Sosa said the person’s address does not need to be made public, but first responders need to know should they get a call to that location so they can take appropriate precautions.