ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas — A resident in Angelina County has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Angelina County & Cities Health District says the person was tested in the Houston-area and remains at a Houston hospital at this time.
According to the Angelina County & Cities Health District, the person traveled out of the state prior to becoming ill.
“The patient spent only a short amount of time back in Lufkin before seeking medical care in Houston,” Lufkin City Manager Keith Wright said.
ACCHD is working to identify any persons the patient may have come into contact with while in Lufkin.
“Some of those interventions will include contact tracing and notification to those who may have been in close contact with a positive case, and guidance for self-quarantine and self-monitoring,” said Sharon Shaw, an administrator Angelina County & Cities Health District. “The Angelina County & Cities Health District is working closely with city and county leadership and our healthcare community to provide timely public health interventions in response to COVID-19.”
Lufkin's emergency management team is working on a plan moving forward.
“Last week city council voted to take precautions ensuring the safety of the community,” City of Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson said. “We’re pleased with the community’s response to those precautions. We ask citizens to remain vigilant with social distancing and limiting non-essentials trips out of their homes. We are not through this yet. It will take everyone’s cooperation to contain this deadly disease.”
Other East Texas counties with positive coronavirus cases include:
- Bowie County - 1
- Cass County - 1
- Gregg County - 3
- Hopkins County - 1
- Morris County - 1
- Nacogdoches County - 1
- Rusk County - 2
- Smith County - 16; 1 death
- Upshur County - 1
- Van Zandt County - 1