ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Based on the latest information from the Angelina County and Cities Health District, the COVID-19 virus has reached the “community spread” level.
The City of Lufkin released demographic information from the ACCHD and other sources about the eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Angelina County earlier on Thursday, and by Thursday evening had added two more.
One of the two, a man in his fifties, is believed to have contracted the virus from a friend. He is in the hospital in Houston. His friend died as a result of the virus.
The other is a man in his twenties who is quarantined at home. It is not known how he was exposed to the virus.
Earlier today, the following count was released:
There are two men and four women among the confirmed COVID-19 cases. There is one man in his 30s, a female in her 20s, a female in her 40s, a female in her 70s, and a married couple who are both in their 70s.
“Our most recent confirmed positive of the female in her 70s has no known exposure source which means we have community spread in Angelina County,” said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the City of Lufkin. “Sadly, we already know that we’re going to see these numbers increase steadily over the next several weeks. “
She reiterates the need for community members to take the threat very seriously.
“We ask you to take this seriously,” she added. "We have a stay-at-home order for a reason. How would you feel if it was your child, spouse, parent, family member or friend who was gravely ill and you could have done more to prevent the spread?
During a recent East Texas Now appearance, Dr. Ed. Dominguez, KLTV’s MedTeam doctor, said that community spread means that people are spreading it within a community without anyone leaving. That means the latest victim caught the coronavirus from someone who didn’t travel outside of a particular community, city, or county.
Two of the COVID-19 victims are still in hospitals. One of the other four people has been hospitalized, but he has since been released.
The confirmed COVID County cases include:
- A male in his 30s who had medical field exposure in Louisiana and has since recovered after self-care/quarantine in Louisiana
- A female in her 30s who had travel-related exposure in Florida and is currently hospitalized in Houston
- A married couple consisting of a man and a woman in their 70s who were both hospitalized locally. The woman is still hospitalized, and the man has been released and is quarantined at home.
- A female in her 20s who was exposed to the COVID-19 virus overseas and is still recovering at home
- A female in her 70s who got the virus from an unknown source via community spread and is still recovering at home
- A male in his 50s who had contact with a friend from the Beaumont area who has died is still in a Houston hospital
- A man in his 20s who is quarantined at home and is still recovering. At this time, authorities don’t know how he got the COVID-19 virus.
“We sincerely hope that people realize what a dire situation this is and that they change their behaviors to keep themselves, their loved ones, and the community safe,” Pebsworth said.
Pebsworth also asked a question that has been posted on the Lufkin Police and Fire Facebook page.
“If the state contacted you today, told you were positive for COVID-19 and asked you to trace your steps back the last 14 days, would you be proud of yourself or embarrassed by your behavior?” Pebsworth asked.