On Tuesday, April 14, the Galveston County Health District reported 15 new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 392. GCHD is also reporting two additional deaths.
- A female, age range 81-90, passed away April 14. She had pre-existing medical conditions.
- A male, age range 81-90, passed away April 3. He had pre-existing medical conditions.
GCHD is reporting 38 additional recoveries, bringing the total to 130. In League City, 49 residents who have tested positive are now recovered. GCHD is releasing a new graphic that breaks down recovered patients by city, age range, and gender. See below.
On April 14, the health district tested 129 people through its free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site. To date, 665 tests have been performed with 12 positive and 514 negative results reported back to the health district. All other results are currently pending. Testing is not limited to just Galveston County residents, but only county residents who tested positive for COVID-19 will be included in the health district’s daily case update.
The health district has announced it will open its free COVID-19 testing to anyone, regardless of symptoms, and expand its drive-through testing to Galveston.
Testing will be available in Galveston on Thursday-Saturday (April 16-18) by appointment only at Fire Station No. 5, 5728 Ball St. To make an appointment in Galveston, please call 409.978.4080.
Testing will continue to be available by appointment only in Texas City at the Galveston County Health District, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. To make an appointment in Texas City, please call 409.978.4040.
The GCHD recommends the following hygiene practices:
- 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 with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough and sneeze in your elbow. Do not cough and sneeze in your hands.
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The GCHD recommends the following social distancing practices:
- Avoid all gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Maintain at least 6 feet separation from others.
- Limit contact with people outside of your household. Avoid social visits.
- Limit visits and keep your distance from older relatives, especially those who are at a higher risk for developing serious COVID-19 illness.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
For more information on COVID-19, visit www.gchd.org/coronavirus.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please call the GCHD information call center at 409.938.7221, option 1.