Nederland female, Port Arthur male pass away from COVID-19, officials report

Published 4:32 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Residents in Port Arthur and Nederland received sobering reminders of the dangers of Coronavirus Tuesday with news of two more COVID-19 related deaths.

The City of Port Arthur Health and Jefferson County health departments are reporting the first COVID-19 related death in a resident of Nederland.

The individual is a white female between 85 and 90 years old, who authorities said had underlying health conditions.

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The patient died in the hospital.

“Nederland’s total positive test results stayed at 10 (four active cases and 6 recovered cases),” the City of Nederland announced. “Today, the City is saddened to report the first COVID-19-related death occurred (there was an underlying medical condition). Our thoughts and prayers extend to their family and friends.”

The Port Arthur Health Department also reported the third COVID-19 related death of a resident of Port Arthur.

The individual was a Hispanic male between 65 and 70-years-old and had been previously reported as a positive COVID-19 case for Port Arthur.

The patient had underlying health conditions and died in the hospital, authorities said.

“We emphasize again that COVID-19 is a very serious disease,” Port Arthur Health Department statement read. “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. We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill and practice social distancing.”