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Cases of COVID-19 in Port Arthur, Mid-County grow slightly over past week

Cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County jumped more than 50 in the past week, but the local increase in Mid-County and Port Arthur was considerably less.

There were 327 coronavirus cases on May 3 in Jefferson County, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center. That number jumped to 381 over the weekend.

Locally, cases in Groves jumped from seven to nine from May 3 to May 10.

Over that same period, cases in Port Neches went from six to seven, cases in Port Arthur went from 46 to 48 and cases in Nederland stayed at 14.

Texas health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

A total of 38,869 confirmed cases and 1,088 deaths were reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services, an increase from 37,860 cases and 1,049 deaths reported on Saturday.

The true numbers are likely higher, health officials say, because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

Barbershops and hair salons were allowed to start reopening in Texas on Friday. Restaurants and retailers in the state were allowed to begin reopening with limited capacity before last week.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.