According to Fort Bend County health officials, the patient is a 70-year-old man who recently returned to Texas after traveling abroad. He is reportedly in stable condition.
“A travel-related case in Texas doesn’t indicate spread within the state, but DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and all state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans,” the statement from DSHS reads.
Despite the first confirmed case of the infectious virus in Texas, officials continue to emphasize that “the immediate risk to most Texans remains low.”
The tests were conducted by officials at the Houston Health Department and have been sent to a lab maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta for further confirmation.
This is the first case of the virus in Texas outside of those quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Of the individuals isolated at Lackland, many of whom were evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan, more than 120 have been cleared and released.
There are 11 confirmed cases of the virus among those isolated at Lackland.
According to Johns Hopkins University, who maintains a live, global mapping of the virus, to date, the U.S. has 162 confirmed cases of the virus and has 11 confirmed deaths.
Internationally, over 96,700 cases have been confirmed and more than 3,300 deaths
Of those global cases, however, more than 53,600 individuals have recovered.
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.