ROSENBERG, Texas (AP) - Texas health officials have announced the first positive test result for the new coronavirus found in Texas outside of persons repatriated from abroad under quarantine.
This time, the Texas Department of State Health Services says the patient is a 70-year-old man, a resident of a Houston suburb in Fort Bend County, who had just returned from travel abroad. In a statement issued Wednesday evening, the department says the test was performed at a public health lab in Houston and the "presumptive positive" results have been sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.
FOX26 Houston reported Fort Bend County officials say the public can help stem coronavirus infection with the following actions:
1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
2. Practice healthy hygiene habits every day to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as:
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 11 on Wednesday with a victim succumbing in California — the nation's first reported fatality outside Washington state — as officials, schools and businesses came under pressure to respond more aggressively to the outbreak.
So far there 95,124 confirmed coronavirus infections around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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