On Saturday, May 9, the Galveston County Health District reported four new positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County residents. This brings the county’s case total to 680. Please note the health district is still awaiting some test results.
There are three additional recoveries, bringing the total to 400. Saturday’s report includes the first recovery in someone 91 years and older.
Of the county’s 680 cases, 255 are tied to long-term care facilities. This count includes residents and employees. Cities that have seen a large number of cases tied to long-term care facilities are noted on the case update. Twenty-six of the 29 deaths reported to date by the health district are related to long-term care facilities in Galveston County.
To date, 20,880 Galveston County residents have been tested, accounting for roughly 6 percent of the county’s population.
Residents are encouraged to contact their primary care physician for COVID-19 testing if they have come in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.
Those who are uninsured may be tested through Coastal Health & Wellness after being financially screened. For more information, please call 409.938.7221. For additional testing options in Galveston County, please visit www.gchd.org/testing.