Overview of COVID-19

The coronavirus is a common illness, but the strain that’s caused a wide-spread contamination since December 2019 (COVID-19) is a new, or "novel", strain of this virus. Very few people have an immunity to this illness since it is new; which partly explains the rapid spread of this virus over the last 4 months. Additionally, there are no vaccines or preventative medications for COVID-19 at this time. 

If you are symptomatic or ill
- If you are not well, STAY HOME (even if it feels like a mild cold or cough)
        Ask your coworkers to disinfect your space and anything you may have touched
        Alert anyone in your household that you do not feel well and ask them to disinfect common areas and other          
        frequently touched areas
- Monitor your symptoms closely. If your fever or cough gets worse or you feel increasingly short of breath, seek medical
        Make an appointment with your medical provider prior to going and inform them of your symptoms
- If you must go out while you do not feel well, wear a mask to prevent infecting others

Current COVID-19 Case Counts
**First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Portland on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
- As of April 3, there are currently 5,330 confirmed cases and 90 deaths due to COVID-19 in Texas.1
  You can see the case counts per county by visiting Texas DSHS Map - COVID cases
- As of April 2, San Patricio County has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- As of April 2, Nueces County has recorded 41 positive cases of the coronavirus.
- As of April 3, there are 239,279 confirmed cases and 5,443 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States.3
- It is important to understand that COVID-19 does not always result in death. Over 200,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19 according to
  Johns Hopkins Medicine.4
NOTE: The Texas & US case counts and information are updated daily by 2:00 p.m. The Nueces & San Patricio County counts are updated by 5:00 p.m.

Timeline of COVID-19
December 2019 - novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China
January 2020 - COVID-19 began spreading in the United States
January 30, 2020 - World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern"
March 4, 2020 - First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Texas
March 11, 2020 - WHO declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic due to the rapid spread
March 13, 2020 - President Donald Trump declared a State of National Emergency of the United States
March 13, 2020 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a State of Disaster for all Texas Counties
March 16, 2020 - San Patricio County Judge David Krebs issued a Declaration of Local State Disaster
March 17, 2020 - Portland Mayor Cathy Skurow issued a Declaration of Local State Disaster  
March 19, 2020 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-08
March 21, 2020 - Nueces County confirmed first case of the coronavirus.
March 25, 2020 - San Patricio County confirmed first cases of the coronavirus.
March 28, 2020 - Portland resident tested positive for COVID-19
March 30, 2020 - San Patricio County Stay Home, Work Safe Executive Order took effect
March 31, 2020 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott extended Statewide orders through April 30, 2020 in Executive Order GA-14 

  Texas Department of Human and Health Services - Texas Case Count as of April 3, 2020
  Nueces County Public Health District and the City of Corpus Christi as of April 2, 2020
  Center for Disease Control and Prevention - US Cases as of April 3, 2020
  "As of Apr. 3, 2020, 53,975 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. However, 217,433 people have recovered from the illness."