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May 26, 2020
The Port Arthur Health Department has gathered the data on the status of the Coronavirus cases in Port Arthur, and Mid County, according to age, gender, and ethnicity, as of May 22, 2020.
The situation is fluid as the health departments are receiving results from the testing sites, the hospitals, and other private labs. The data below reflects current reports.
Please take a look at the data:
The City of Port Arthur Health Department has prepared Q&A to assist you during these uncertain times. We want you to know that we are here for you and will update this list as we hear new concerns.
If your business is on the list authorized to open with 25% capacity, this means that you are allowed to open to the public only allowing 25% percent of your occupancy load inside (including staff). Your occupancy load has been established by the Fire Marshall’s office.
Here is an example:
Business A: Occupancy load is 500. 25% of 500 is calculated by multiplying 0.25 and 500.
Business B: Occupancy load is 250. 50% of 250 is calculated by multiplying 0.50 and 250.
Here is a chart with calculated occupancy load at 25% and 50%:
The CDC guidelines have suggested that even if you do not have symptoms, the public should be tested to minimize the possibility of spread of the COVID-19 disease. In addition, here are some things to keep in mind:
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
The Centers for Disease Control continue to study the spread and effects of the Novel Coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with Coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”**) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
**Even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others:
COVID-19 Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) and Behavioral Health Resources
Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional changes due to the pandemic can seek help from these resources found on Texas Health and Human Services website:
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that requires the protection of sensitive patient health information. This law bars the disclosure of certain medical information without the patient’s formal written consent.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided guidance that helps to explain civil rights laws as well as how the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patient information to be shared in the outbreak of infectious diseases and to assist patients in receiving the care that they need. https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/hipaa-covid19/index.html
The local health department and health officials are performing contact tracing of positive patients and notifying those who may have been exposed to make certain that the appropriate medical protocol will be taken.
PLEASE ADHERE TO THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS ISSUED BY THE CITY OF PORT ARTHUR AND BY JEFFERSON COUNTY.
Per the CDC, there are reports of asymptomatic infections (detection of virus with no development of symptoms) and pre-symptomatic infections (detection of virus prior to development of symptoms) with SARS-CoV-2, but their role in transmission is not yet known. Based on existing literature, the incubation period (the time from exposure to development of symptoms) of SARS-CoV-2 and other corona viruses (e.g. MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV), ranges from 2–14 days.
Feel free to contact the COVID-19 hotline at (409)550-2536 24hrs/Everyday with questions or concerns.
Be sure to wear gloves to clean and disinfect:
Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Take precautions such as wearing gloves, and make sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Unexpired household bleach will be effective against corona viruses when properly diluted.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of bleach per gallon of water, OR
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
You should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:
People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home, isolated) can stop home isolation only under the following conditions:
COVID-19 Data as of May 22, 2020