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Posted on: October 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Port Arthur Reports 13th COVID-Related Death for Nederland 10.22.2020

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October 22, 2020

It is with great sadness that the City of Port Arthur is reporting a COVID-19 related death in a resident of Nederland. The individual was a White male between the age range of 80-85.  It has been determined that the individual had underlying health conditions. This is the thirteenth (13) COVID-19 related death for the City of Nederland.    

We emphasize again that COVID-19 is a very serious disease. While 80% of individuals who contract COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover, they may spread the disease to people who are at high risk. The elderly and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems are at a much higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. We strongly advise at-risk individuals to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing and wear a mask when in public.  

Thirteenth COVID-Related Death for Nederland October 22, 2020

Message from the Port Arthur Director of Health:

I would just like to remind the public that we are still in a Pandemic and the importance of keeping themselves safe by following the public health protocols.  The mask mandate is still in effect and people should still wear a mask when they are in public places where social distancing is not available. 

Many people are recovering with no problems or complications, but this virus could be and has been fatal for some people with underlying health conditions.  The Health Department has partnered with Gulf Coast Health Center to provide free testing for residents of Port Arthur.  Residents should call the COVID number at (409) 983-8880 for a referral for testing.  Remember, it is not necessary to have symptoms in order to get tested. 

Judith A. Smith,BSN, RN, ThD,

Director of Health Services

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