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Hardin County reports fourth COVID-19 death

A Lumberton man was the county's first positive on March 21. The county has reported 23 new coronavirus cases in last 14 days as new cases trend downward.

KOUNTZE, Texas — Hardin County officials reported the county's fourth death from COVID-19 Saturday night. 

Judge Wayne McDaniel said the man was in his mid-60s and from Lumberton. He had recently tested positive for COVID-19 was hospitalized on April 23. 

"Although the gentleman had other health issues, COVID-19 has been ruled as the cause of death for this Lumberton resident," Judge McDaniel said in a statement. "We mourn his loss along with his family and friends who remain in our prayers."

There have been 23 new coronavirus cases in Hardin County in the last 14 days, officials said. Currently 92 people have recovered leaving only 20 active cases in the county.

A 14-day rolling average of news cases in the county continues to trend downward according to data received from the county.

MORE | Hardin County Coronavirus information

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The county reported three new cases on May 6, 2020, bringing the total reported cases in the county to 115.

Hardin County has now reported three fatalities so far related to the virus.

Hardin-Jefferson High School band director Mike Westbrook, of Lumberton, died on March 27, 2020, becoming the first Southeast Texan to die after contracting the virus.

The names of those testing positive are not being released due to patient privacy laws.

The first person in Hardin County reported to have the coronavirus was a Lumberton man who tested positive in Louisiana where he was working.

His results were confirmed by Hardin County officials on March 21, 2020.

MORE | Hardin County Health Department

The federal guidelines for opening up a state or region  look at three areas to determine if it’s safe to reopen according to the White House website.

  • Symptoms
    • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period
    • AND
    • Downward trajectory of covid-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period
  • Cases
    • Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period
    • OR
    • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)
  • Hospitals
    • Treat all patients without crisis care
    • AND
    • Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing

12News is keeping track of positive cases in eight Southeast Texas counties including Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, and Tyler Counties.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

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Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

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Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash

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Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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