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COVID-19 Numbers: 163 new cases, 8 deaths reported Thursday in Southeast Texas

Here's the latest info we have on cases of the coronavirus in Southeast Texas.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Here's a look at new COVID-19 cases reported in Southeast Texas recently.

All eight Southeast Texas counties... (Oct 14, 2021)

  • NEW CASES: 163
  • NEWLY REPORTED FATALITIES: 8
  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: 48 (Jefferson County only)

August 2021 is now the deadliest month of the pandemic in Southeast Texas with 320 COVID-19 related deaths. So far, 1,790 Southeast Texans have lost their lives to the virus.

 A record high of newly reported COVID-19 cases was set Friday, September 9, 2021 when the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 806 new cases in Southeast Texas.

Jefferson County topped the count Wednesday with 317 new cases reported while Chambers County followed with 232 and Hardin County with 123 newly reported cases.

The previous record was set on September 7, when 778 new cases were reported.

12News is keeping track of positive cases in eight Southeast Texas counties including Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, and Tyler Counties.

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Credit: KBMT
New COVID-19 cases in Southeast Texas as of October 14, 2021

Oct. 14, 2021

  • CHAMBERS
    • New: 88
    • New Fatalities: 0
  • HARDIN
    • New: 0
    • New Fatalities: 2
  • JASPER
    • New: 0
    • New Fatalities: 0
  • JEFFERSON
    • New: 69
    • New Fatalities: 4
  • LIBERTY
    • New: 6
    • New Fatalities: 0
  • NEWTON
    • New: 0
    • New Fatalities: 1
  • ORANGE
    • New: 0
    • New Fatalities: 1
  • TYLER
    • New: 0
    • New Fatalities: 0

Cases numbers are supplied by the Texas Department of State Health Services daily and come from various labs and public health departments across Southeast Texas.

Fatalities are back dated by the state to the date on each death certificate and therefore any newly reported deaths may have actually occurred up to several weeks prior but are just now being added to state numbers.

Credit: KBMT
Trauma Service Area-R COVID-19 hospitalization rate as of October 13, 2021
Credit: KBMT
COVID-19 hospital beds in use in Jefferson County as of October 14, 2021

You can follow along with the same data we use by visiting the Texas Department of State Health Services website just like we do.

The data we look at daily are found in these reports...

MORE | Texas DSHS COVID-19 dashboard

We also are keeping an eye on COVID-19 in jails, state and federal prisons in Southeast Texas though we don't always report on it unless we notice a spike in cases.

Here's where to find that data...

If you're looking for data on vaccines you can find it HERE on the dashboard kept up by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Until recently we were able to track COVID-19 in county jails via information from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards but they have stopped making that data available. We are working to find out why and if and when they will make it public again.

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There are five Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units in Southeast Texas. Numbers for the Gist, LeBlanc and Stiles Units in Jefferson County, the Goodman Unit in Jasper County and the Lewis Unit in Tyler County are not included in our graphs. 

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

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Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

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Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash

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Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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