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Health department confirms 2nd COVID-19 related death of Port Arthur resident

The Port Arthur Health Department reported a second COVID-19 related death of a resident in Port Arthur.

Health officials said an African American female between 55-60 passed away and had underlying health conditions.

On April 6, the Health Department reported the first COVID-19 related death of a Port Arthur resident in a white male between 45-50.

“This is an important reminder that COVID-19 is a very serious disease,” a Health Department release said. “While 80 percent 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.

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