Port Arthur 15-year-old tests positive; COVID-19 cases in county pass 50

Published 5:06 pm Friday, April 3, 2020

Jefferson County now has 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are 18 cases confirmed between Port Arthur and Mid-County. That number includes 13 in Port Arthur, four in Nederland and one in Groves.

Beaumont has the most cases with 31.

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The latest statistics were announced Friday evening by the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center, which summarizes activities and developments related to COVID-19 in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange and Tyler counties.

Officials said the numbers are a compilation from several health departments and may not be 100 percent accurate.

Officials said the call center received 147 calls Friday, with 82 people tested at the drive-through site in Jefferson County and 78 at the drive-through site today in Hardin County

If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) or you believe you have been exposed to an infected individual, call 409-550-2536 to be evaluated for testing.

The Call Center is open 24-hours, seven days a week.

An addendum to Judge Jeff Branick’s 7th Amended Emergency Order was signed Friday in Jefferson County extending the current Emergency Order for Jefferson County to May 1.

If you are looking for information about COVID-19, call 211, option 6 or visit SETINFO.ORG.

Port Arthur

Also on Friday, Today, the Port Arthur Health Department received confirmation of four positive cases COVID-19 in Port Arthur residents, bringing the total to 13 positive cases for Port Arthur.

Of the new cases, the youngest resident impacted is 15 years old. The oldest resident impacted is 55 years old.

Three of the four cases are believed to be travel-related, health officials said.

One of these individuals is hospitalized, and the other three are quarantined at home and are cooperating with local health officials.

For confidentiality purposes, the PAHD is not releasing additional information to identify these individuals.