Galveston county reports largest spike in COVID-19 cases since early April

By: TJ Aulds
| Published 06/02/2020

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* 30 test positive for virus, most single day positive cases since 33 positives announced April 10

The Galveston County Health District on Monday reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 among Galveston County residents.

Of the 30 new cases, a little more than half (17) are tied to either residents or employees of county long term care facilities. Under state orders new robust testing requirements have recently been enacted with those facilities statewide.

Testing at those facilities also account for most of the 826 people tested added to the latest data’s totals. Thus far, 31,339 have been tested for COVID-19.

Of those 2.7 % (847) have tested positive. Of those 292 are either long term care facility residents or employees.

The 30 new cases represent the third highest single day of positive cases. The highest came on April 4 when more than 80 positive cases were announced - most from The Resort long term care facility in Texas City.

On April 10 (the second highest single day total) 33 people were announced to have tested positive for COVID-19.

There were no new COVID-19 recoveries reported on Monday, so 471 people (almost 56 %) have been listed as recovered from COVID-19.

To date 37 people have died of COVID-19 related deaths. Many of them had underlying health conditions.

Dr. Philip Keiser, the local health authority for Galveston County, said those deaths are determined only if the person tested positive and its determined that COVID-19 exacerbated that person’s existing illness if the person had underlying health conditions.

In some cases results - especially those that come in well after the person’s death - indicate COVID-19 of an autopsy determines if someone had a previously undiagnosed case of the virus and this determined to be a COVID-19-related death.

Testing continues via people’s own personal care physician or through the county’s three free testing sites.

All require appointments.

Residents are encouraged to contact their primary care physician for COVID-19 testing if they have come in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Those who are uninsured may be tested through Coastal Health & Wellness after being financially screened. For more information, please call ?409.938.7221?. For additional testing options in Galveston County, please visit www.gchd.org/testing.

For more case-related graphics, please visit www.gchd.org/…/co…/galveston-county-confirmed-covid-19-cases.