Coronavirus In Greater Houston: City Announces 10th Death, COVID-19 Reported In Assisted-Living Facility

As Houston enters its fifth week dealing with the coronavirus, Houston Public Media provides more live updates.Paul DeBenedetto | Posted on April 5, 2020, 6:31 PM

A medical professional takes a sample from a drive-thru patient for testing at a newly opened free COVID-19 testing site operated by United Memorial Medical Center Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Houston.

THE LATEST


  • Houston announced its 10th death related to the coronavirus Sunday. 
  • Galveston announced its first death related to the virus Saturday.
  • There are now at least 1,854coronavirus cases in the region, in Houston, greater Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County and Waller County.

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Updated 6:28 p.m. CT Sunday

The city announced its 10th death related to the coronavirus over the weekend, while Galveston County announced its first, as the COVID-19 pandemic entered its fifth week in the Houston region.

The Houston Health Department announced Sunday that a man between 60 and 70 with underlying health condition was pronounced dead March 30, his death a result of the virus. Ten people in Houston have died of COVID-19, and the city now has 743 positive cases. Galveston County also announced a woman between 81 and 90 with underlying health conditions died Saturday. 

There are more than 1,800 coronavirus cases in the greater Houston area, encompassing Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty, Brazoria, Waller, Fort Bend, Chambers and Austin counties.

Those cases include at least three new positive cases of COVID-19 in a southeast Harris County assisted living facility, including staff and residents, Harris County Public Health said Saturday. The county did not provide specifics on the facility or the people impacted. 

The news came just one day after Galveston County announced a total of 83 people in a Texas City nursing home tested positive for COVID-19

Although anyone can get the coronavirus, older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The region’s first coronavirus-related death, announced March 19, was in a northwest Harris County nursing home.

And in San Antonio, an outbreak at a San Antonio nursing home led to at least two deaths and 67 positive cases, according to Texas Public Radio.

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