‘Presumptive’ Coronavirus case in Fort Bend

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A man in his 70s who recently travelled abroad has tested “presumptive positive” for the COVID-19 virus – otherwise known as the Coronavirus – Fort Bend County Health & Human Services officials announced in a March 4 press release.

“Fort bend County Health & Human Services has started an epidemiological investigation and is leading the effort to quickly [identify] close contacts with the individual,” the press release said.

Close contacts can include family members, coworkers, first responders and others who had contact with the patient, the press release said.

The patient is currently in stable condition according to the press release.

The press release said Fort Bend HHS understands the public’s concerns and reminded residents to follow some basic tips to ensure their risk of infection is reduced:

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.

Practice healthy hygiene habits every day to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

The press release encourages residents to stay informed regarding the virus’s spread and prevention. Information on both is available at www.fbchealth.org/ncov and on the CDC’s website.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said residents should use basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as covering coughs, washing hands frequently and staying home from work or school if they are ill.

“We are working around the clock with all local, regional and statewide health authorities to monitor the situation and update the public,” George said.

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