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Port Arthur, Mid-County cases of COVID-19 tick up

Cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County jumped 14 in the past two days, but the local increase in Mid-County and Port Arthur was considerably less.

There were 381 coronavirus cases through Sunday in Jefferson County, according to the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center. That number jumped to 395 on Tuesday.

Locally, cases in Groves stayed at nine. Over that same period, cases in Port Neches stayed at seven and cases in Nederland stayed at 14.

There was only a jump in Port Arthur, where cases went from 48 to 49.

Gov. Greg Abbott said he tested negative for the virus on Monday.

Texas has more than 41,000 cases and at least 1,100 deaths related to the virus. The true numbers are likely higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

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.

In Jefferson County, 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 your test results have been returned. The Call Center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.