The Southeast Texas Region has lost its first resident to the COVID-19 virus.
Michael Westbrook, who lives in Hardin County, died today after
complications from the COVID-19 virus.
Westbrook has been a band director at several schools in southeast Texas,
most recently with Hardin-Jefferson. He was also a Lamar grad and a member of The Symphony of Southeast Texas.
The following information from the Southeast Texas Regional Emergency Operations Center summarizes activities and developments related to COVID-19 in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, and Tyler counties:
Positive for COVID-19 – 13 total
- Beaumont – 8
- Lumberton – 2
- Silsbee – 2
- Orange – 1
Confirmed COVID-19 Fatalities – 1
- Hardin County – 1
Total calls received by Call Center – 1,014
- 315 have been referred for testing (since call center opened on 3/20)
- 40 scheduled for testing at drive-through site today
Jefferson County issued an Addendum 2 to Judge Jeff Branick’s Sixth Amended Emergency Order effective today instructing hospitals, physicians, health care providers, public health authorities, or other individual or entities to immediately contact the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management and report any SUSPECTED or POSITIVE cases of COVID-19 by email to EOC@Co.Jefferson.TX.US. Failure to comply with the reporting requirements shall be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or up to 180 days in jail.
Also as requested please find a link to the CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response.
The Call Center will continue to be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are experiencing symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) or you believe you have been exposed to an infected individual, you can call 409-550-2536 to be evaluated for testing.
If you are looking for information about COVID-19, please do not call the Call Center. You can call 211 option 6 or visit SETINFO.ORG.