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Health officials say 4th Port Arthur resident dies due to coronavirus

A fourth Port Arthur resident died of COVID-19 related causes, the Port Arthur Health Department reported Sunday.

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

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

“We emphasize again that COVID-19 is a very serious disease,” the health department 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. We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill and practice social distancing.”

Sunday evening’s reporting indicated there were 73 cases of COVID-19 reported in Port Arthur and Mid-County residents.

A daily update Sunday evening indicated 46 Port Arthur residents had tested positive for coronavirus, with 14 Nederland residents also testing positive.

Groves has seven positive cases, while Port Neches is reporting six cases.

The Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center said area public health departments report the numbers for COVID-19 positive test results.

If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, call 409-550-2536 for an appointment. After testing, you will be required to self-isolate until test results have been returned.

The Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing is free for everyone.