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Fort Bend Confirms ‘Presumptive Positive Case’ of COVID-19

Mar 4, 2020

 Last updated 7:53 p.m. CT

Fort Bend County health officials said they have confirmed Texas’ first “presumptive case” of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, outside of quarantine.

The county Health & Human Services department said test results on a 70-year-old Fort Bend man who had been traveling abroad, and who was currently hospitalized and in stable condition, were being verified by the CDC.

A woman walks into a pharmacy to purchase N95 face masks in advance of the potential coronavirus outbreak in Manhattan on Feb. 27, 2020.
REUTERS | Carlo Allegri

The first case of COVID-19 in the United States not linked to travel or contact with someone known to have the virus has been confirmed in California. This is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned about last week, and again Tuesday: Community spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States. 

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony will perform Hollywood Hits this Friday at the Tobin Center. Before they do, they’ll perform the show for a special crowd: people with dementia and their caregivers. 

It’s part of the Memory and Music program at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The Symphony and the Tobin Center welcome those with dementia and their caregivers to certain rehearsals so they can enjoy the music in an environment more suited to their needs.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

The total number of confirmed cases among those quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base has risen to six.

A 3D atomic map could lead the way toward a vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus, researchers at UT Austin and the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.

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Bexar County will test a new drug treatment program for county jail inmates that uses a medication that costs $1,000 a dose, but members of the county’s Joint Opioid Task Force think it will be worth the expense.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

There is a plane headed for Texas from China. Onboard are Americans who are evacuating the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the novel coronavirus that is circing the globe. They are at risk of infection, and will be quarantined on Lackland Air Force Base for two weeks. If, after two weeks, they show no symptoms of the virus, they will be allowed to leave.

In 2003, the world watched a strange virus circulate the globe. It was a novel coronavirus, the first to emerge from China in the 21st century. It was making thousands of people sick, and hundreds of people were dying. 

Coronavirus Screenings Coming To Houston, Dallas And El Paso

Jan 28, 2020
Houston Airport System

Several Texas airports will soon begin screening certain travelers for a novel form of coronavirus, as public health officials rush to contain a deadly outbreak that so far has been mostly limited to China. 

A map showing where cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.
Courtesy of CDC

After multiple false alarms in recent days, Texas health officials confirmed Monday that there are no confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus in the state.