First Case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nueces County Confirmed

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District reports that it has received confirmation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the first case of COVID-19 in Nueces County.

The patient is a male between the ages of 45 to 55 and is in good condition. According to health officials the patient is quarantined and is being closely monitored.  This is a travel related case with recent travel history to Houston, Texas. The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District is working with health officials and conducting contact tracing to limit further transmission.

Yesterday, the Health District collected samples from 15 residents who met the criteria for testing for the coronavirus. Those tests have been processed and all of the 15 residents had negative test results.

The coronavirus continues to cause worldwide cases of respiratory illness. The virus spreads by droplet transmission when an infected person in close contact coughs or sneezes on another person. The incubation period is 2 to 14 days after exposure and symptoms consist of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Community transmission has been confirmed in the United States and in Texas.

The Health District recommends the following precautionary measures to avoid getting COVID-19 and protect your health and those around you:

  • Be informed of current rules on public gathering. These rules can change frequently and suddenly as directed by Federal and State directives and as best health practices evolve.
  • Practice social distancing and keep your distance 6 feet from others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands again.
  • If you are sick, stay at home and contact your doctor or health provider.

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