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Texas Confirms First Death in COVID-19 Patient

AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the first death of a Texas resident who tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 90s who was a resident of Matagorda County and had been hospitalized. DSHS is investigating the source of the infection and determining who the patient came into contact with while he was sick so any close contacts can be isolated, monitored for symptoms and tested, as needed.
      “We are deeply saddened today to learn that a fellow Texan has died from COVID-19,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “The First Lady and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and loved ones during their time of mourning. The State of Texas remains vigilant in our efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and will continue to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable populations and ensure that Texans have access to testing and treatment resources.”
      People who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19. The safest thing for them during an outbreak is to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. People in those groups who get sick should contact a health care provider as soon as possible and follow their instructions.

 

       A death in Texas shows the gravity of the situation,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “It’s critically important for us all to take actions that will help protect our most vulnerable citizens. By working together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure the health care system will be able to care for those who need it most.”

How can I prevent coronavirus infection?

A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. There is no vaccine for coronavirus.  To help prevent coronavirus infection, do the same things you do to avoid the common cold: 
•Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•Avoid close contact with people who are infected.

      Public health officials are further advising residents to limit their risk of exposure by avoiding large gatherings and crowded places, practicing good personal hygiene, and continuing their own preparations in case they need to stay home for two weeks.

DSHS also urges people to follow the advice of local leaders for other community actions that will help stop the spread of the disease.

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