Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Global Cases Map and Data
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and other public health officials, continues to monitor an outbreak caused by COVID-19, formerly known as coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
The CDC has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19 in people under federal quarantine at JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio. There are no other cases in Texas, and these cases do not change the risk of infection for people in San Antonio or other parts of Texas, because the patients have been under federal quarantine since their return and have not interacted with the public in Texas communities.
While this is a serious public health threat, based on current information, the risk to Texans remains low.
What is COVID-19?
A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of COVID-19 infections in China.
How do people become infected?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Coughing and 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; and
- Rarely, fecal contamination.
It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person to person. Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by COVID-19 in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and a live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about how it passes from one person to another, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.
While COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus, ways to prevent respiratory illness are the same:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Travel Health Notices
- Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel:
- Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
- Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions
Travelers should reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia.
Travelers from outbreak areas should stay home or in a similar setting and monitor their health for 14 days after leaving China.
DSHS COVID-19 CALL CENTER
Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated call center to answer your COVID-19 related questions or concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 1-877-570-9779.
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Stop the spread of germs
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization