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10 COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Mid- & South County; Gov admits to “massive outbreak”

Mid-County and South County saw another double-digit jump in confirmed coronavirus cases and the cities of Port Arthur, Groves and Nederland confirmed 10 new cases on Wednesday (June 24).

The City of Port Arthur Health Department received confirmation of five additional Port Arthur residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

These individuals include three females, one between the age range of 0-3, and two between the age range of 60-65.

The other individuals are males between the age ranges of 35-40 and 80-85.

This brings the total to 145 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Port Arthur.

Port Arthur and Jefferson County health departments received confirmation of two additional positive COVID-19 cases in residents of Groves.

One individual is a female between the age range of 20-25 and the other is a male between the age range of 40-45.

This brings the total to 28 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 for the City of Groves.

Local health departments also received confirmation of three additional Nederland residents who tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals include two females, between the age ranges of 20-25 and 50-55.

The other individual is a male between the age range of 40-45.

This brings the total to thirty-seven individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the City of Nederland.

For confidentiality purposes, the health departments are not releasing any additional information to identify these individuals.

‘Massive’ Texas outbreak

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients.

In a series of midday interviews with television stations, Abbott said Texas would again pass 5,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 4,000 hospital patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Texas passed both thresholds for the first time Tuesday.

“There is a massive outbreak of COVID-19 across the state of Texas,” Abbott said in an interview with KFDA-TV in Amarillo.

Abbott, who aggressively pushed to reopen the state in May, acknowledged state officials are closely watching hospital space. One of the first measures Abbott took in March when the pandemic emerged in the state was to order hospitals to suspend nonessential surgeries to help ensure they weren’t overwhelmed. That ban was later rescinded.

With new cases and the number of COVID-19 patients rising rapidly, “We are looking at greater restrictions and some could be localized,” Abbott said Wednesday without detailing what those would be or where.

“There are some regions in the state of Texas that are running tight on hospital capacity that may necessitate a localized strategy to make sure that hospital beds will be available,” he said.

Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, the largest pediatric hospital in the U.S. said Tuesday that it was admitting adult patients across its campuses to free up more hospital bed space in the Houston area.

The number of COVID-19-positive hospital patients in Harris County, which encompasses Houston, has nearly tripled since May 31.

Even with the hint of new restrictions to protect hospital space, Abbott said in a separate interview with KDFM-TV in Beaumont that hospital executives have assured him that they will be able to handle the rising numbers of patients.

“If there are more people coming in with COVID-19, they will ensure that beds are available,” Abbott said.