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Clear Lake Shores, TX – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - The City of Clear Lake Shores was notified today by the Galveston County Health District that one Clear Lake Shores resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This makes the city’s first positive case of COVID-19.
For confidentiality purposes, the Galveston County Health District is not releasing any additional identifying information, such as sex, age, mode of transmission or travel details.
The City of Clear Lake Shores and the Clear Lake Shores Police Department continue to encourage everyone to practice safety first by adhering to CDC guidelines, especially frequent hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding forming in groups of any size.
“We continually have ongoing participation with the Galveston County Health District to help shape the overall City and County response to COVID-19,” Mayor Kurt Otten said. “My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event. It only takes one individual to pass the virus to family members or neighbors. When contacting others, maintain at least six feet of social distance, especially when you are out walking or biking. We must take the guidelines about groups gathering and social distancing seriously. Clear Lake Shores is resilient, we saw that during Harvey, and we will get through this together.”
Galveston County Health District today announced 16 new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 272. To date, 2,309 Galveston County residents have been tested. For more information, please visit gchd.org/news and gchd.org/coronavirus.
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
The Galveston County Health District opened an information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. You can reach the call center at 409-938-7221, option 1.
There are also a number of urgent cares, emergency rooms, etc. that are testing. It is important that you call first so they can evaluate your risk and determine if they need to see you in person so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.
Free coronavirus testing sites:
Private, for-pay testing sites: