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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)



Daily Updates on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for Chambers County
February 26, 2020, 1630 (4:30 PM CST)

Summary
On February 13, 2020 the CDC confirmed the first case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in San Antonio, Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued the following statement.

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Chambers County Health Department will be updating our website and other materials to reflect the updated name.

Chambers County Health Department (CCHD) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.  We are participating in daily conference calls and meetings with federal, state and local Public Health partners.   

Current United States Cases: 14
Current United States Repatriation Cases: 42
Current Texas Cases: 0
Current Texas Repatriation Cases: 6

*Repatriation is the process of returning an asset, an item of symbolic value or a person – voluntarily or forcibly – to its owner or their place of origin or citizenship.


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Wuhan, China

The COVID-19 is a new virus that is believed to be capable of spreading disease from person-to-person.  While the majority of confirmed cases are in Asia, there are now cases of COVID-19 reported in the United States.

At this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk to the general public is considered to be LOW.

CCHD will promptly report any confirmed cases within Chambers County.  Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chambers County.

CCHD continues to work closely with other local health departments, the Texas Department of State Health Services, CDC, and other health departments concerning this evolving situation.

For more information on the COVID-19 related prevention tips, symptoms, traveler information, and healthcare provider resources, please see the information below.


Information for the Public

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Fact Sheet (CCHD)
Latest information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (DSHS)
Latest information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
Latest information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (WHO)


Information for the Travelers
Currently the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel to Wuhan, China. See the CDC's Traveler's Health website for the latest information:
Travel Health Notice (CDC)

Updated WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV:
International travel and Health (WHO)

Letter to Texas High Education Institutions, School Districts, and State Agencies


Information for Healthcare Providers
Healthcare professionals can find interim guidance (including patient evaluation, reporting, testing, specimen collection, and prevention and control recommendations) on the CDC website:
Information for Healthcare Providers
HEALTH ALERT:Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel Evaluating Patients for Possible Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection (PDF, Posted, 2/11/2020)
How to properly don(put on),and doff(remove),PPE (CDC) (PDF, Posted, 2/11/2020)
Flowchart to Identify and Assess Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
DSHS 2019 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing
Interim Guidance for EMS Systems and 911 PSAPs for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States


Printable Materials

The following materials can be printed for display and/or distribution to communicate key information to the public about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

Coronavirus Alert for Healthcare Settings

Travel Health Alert Notice


Symptoms of Coronavirus



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