City of Marshall reports 1st COVID-19 case in Harrison County

City of Marshall reports 1st COVID-19 case in Harrison County
Coronavirus (Source: KLTV)

MARSHALL, Texas (KLTV) - The City of Marshall has posted a Facebook message stating the first case of COVID-19 in Harrison County has been confirmed.

Dr. Ricky Paul with the Harrison County Health Authority said in a statement that the resident who tested positive for the virus contracted it from travel outside of Texas, and so far no community spread has been seen. He said the risk to Harrison County residents remains low and in order to keep it that way, residents are strongly encouraged to follow these recommendations:

1. Limit non-essential travel

2. No social gatherings

3. Practice social distancing (at least six feet away from other people)

4. Stay home if you are sick

5. Limit trips into the public to essential outings such as traveling to work, the grocery store, the pharmacy, or to seek medical care

Paul said that if you are having symptoms of fever, shortness of breath an cough, please contact your primary care provider for evaluation. If you do not have a primary care doctor, you can call the CHRISTUS COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-458-4559 to review your symptoms and receive instructions on testing, if appropriate. You will also receive instructions on self-isolation. Not everyone who has symptoms requires testing.

The city posted the message around 11:30 a.m. Thursday and stated Mayor Terri Brown has issued a disaster declaration.

The case is the 34th confirmed positive in East Texas.

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