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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] GCHD Confirms Twelve Cases of Coronavirus in Galveston County

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On Sunday, March 22, the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) confirmed four additional positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents, bringing the county’s case total to twelve. 

“We’ve seen an increase in positive COVID-19 test results this past week,” said Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser. “I understand each positive case we announce may be of concern to the community, but it is important that we ramp up testing in the county so that we can identify those who are positive. That’s going to result in more announcements.”

The GCHD recommends the following hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough and sneeze in your elbow. Do not cough and sneeze in your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The GCHD also recommends the following social distancing practices:

  • Avoid all gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet separation from others.
  • Limit contact with people outside of your household.  Avoid social visits.
  • Limit visits and keep your distance from older relatives, especially those who are at a higher risk for developing serious COVID-19 illness.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.gchd.org/coronavirus.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call the GCHD information call center at 409.938.7221, option 1.

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