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The Orange County Commissioners Court will hold its second special session in the last two weeks on Tuesday. The Court will be short two of its members who are quarantining after having tested positive for the Coronavirus in the last two weeks.
It was two weeks ago that County Judge John Gothia first started feeling ill with a fever and thought it would be best to stay home from the Commissioners Court meeting that day. Gothia took two tests before he got the results that he had tested positive for the virus.
The judge said he was feeling horrible when it was confirmed by his family doctor that he had the Coronavirus. “I stayed the course of the quarantine that they told me to do and went through it. For me it was the fever every day and the horrible headaches,” Gothia recalled.
The other negative effect of the Coronavirus was a drop in his energy level for Gothia. The virus really took all the energy out of him. Gothia said, “If I went from the couch to the big chair or to try to walk outside, I had to sit down to take a break. There just was no energy.”
As of Monday, July 6, it has been six days that Gothia did not have either a fever or headache without taking any medication. He plans to talk to his doctor again and to continue to quarantine a few more days before going back to his office at the Courthouse.
Commissioner Johnny Trahan tested positive for the Coronavirus about two days after Gothia’s testing positive for it was confirmed. Gothia and Trahan have tried to determine where either one of them contracted the virus.
The two officials have not figured out where they got the disease. Gothia lives in the Bridge City area and Trahan in the Little Cypress area. “There are several people on his side of the county now that we understand have had it, and there are several people over this way,” Gothia analyzed. “We’ve never been able to really pinpoint down where I got it, I’m around so many different people that it’s almost impossible to not come into contact with somebody.”
The other three Commissioners Theresa Beauchamp, Kirk Roccaforte, and Robert Viator have all been contacted by Judge Gothia about his and Commissioner Trahan’s infections. Gothia indicated all three are doing well, but only Roccaforte has taken a test for the Coronavirus and it was a negative result.
Commissioner Trahan admitted he had rough time over the Fourth of July weekend battling the effects of the Coronavirus. He was feeling better though by the end of the weekend and was hopefully on the way to recovery from the illness.
Both Gothia and Trahan talked to KOGT about their battles with the Coronavirus. Neither said they had respiratory problems or even very high fevers, but the headaches and fatigue were very debilitating for the two of them.
Gothia spoke with KOGT’s Gary Stelly on People in the Know. Judge Gothia can be heard every Monday morning at 7:00 AM on KOGT.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-