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First Houston-area COVID case was reported on March 4, 2020

Houston-area well being officers introduced its first case of COVID-19 for the very first time on March 4, 2020.

HOUSTON — One year in the past on this present day, we noticed the primary identified case of COVID-19 in Texas, and it was within the Houston space.

What we by no means imagined is that we might nonetheless be within the thick of this pandemic on the similar this year.

It began on March 4 – a day that may change our lives ceaselessly.

That is when well being officers introduced an area case of COVID-19 for the primary time.

This case was in Fort Bend County.

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The man, who’s in his 70s, had not too long ago traveled overseas and bought examined at a Houston lab. Those outcomes got here again figuring out a “presumptive positive” case of the virus, which suggests the outcomes haven’t been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. 

Soon after, many extra COVID instances began to pop up within the Houston space.

One of these instances was a Pearland couple who examined optimistic after a visit to Egypt.

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The Galindos returned to Houston on March 4 and inside a couple of days, they knew one thing was critically flawed.

“I actually instructed her I don’t know what to do, she’s falling out, she’s fainting, I can’t deal with this,” Ernest Galindo stated. 

Belinda was rushed to the hospital and intubated for six weeks after testing optimistic for coronavirus.

During that point, Texas and the entire different 49 states inside the U.S. have been shut down for weeks to sluggish the unfold of the virus.

Hospitals have been reaching surge capability and well being care staff have been overwhelmed with the variety of individuals falling ailing on the similar time.

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Dr. James McDeavitt with the Baylor College of Medicine remembers March 4 very nicely too. 

He stated the final 364 days have felt like 15 years.

“I remember distinctly my wife and I had a conversation that day or close to that day where she asked me, ‘How long is this going to go on?’ I said I think this is pretty serious,” stated McDeavitt. “It could go on until July. Little did I know I might have gotten the right month. I got the wrong year.”

Frontline staff and survivors need everybody to study the teachings from final year and proceed to masks up, social distance and get examined as usually as doable. 

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduced the tip to the statewide masks mandate, which is able to go into impact on March 10. Abbott’s order additionally consists of business reopening to 100%. 

While the response to the tip of the masks mandate is a aid to some, others name it a “death warrant for Texans.” 

For info on learn how to get vaccinated within the Houston space, click on right here. 

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