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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Galveston County COVID-19 Positive Case Count Rises to 308

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On Thursday, April 9, the Galveston County Health District reported 21 new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 308. The GCHD added  two additional deaths,

  • A male, age range 61-70, passed away April 9. He had pre-existing medical conditions.
  • A female, age range 81-90, passed away April 9. She had pre-existing medical conditions.

On April 9, the health district opened its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria. 156 people were tested during the site’s opening day.. The testing site is open by appointment only at the Galveston County Health District, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City. For pre-screening and appointments, please call 409.978.4040.

Cases April 9

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 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

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

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