The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County increased to 12 from eight Sunday, according to the Galveston County Health District.

It is the largest single-day increase of confirmed cases since the local testing for the virus began on March 2.

Three women and a man were the included among the new local cases, according to the health district. Two of the women had not traveled recently and had not come into contact with anyone known to already have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the health district said.

They are the second and third people believed to have been infected with the virus by people in Galveston County, the health district said.

The third woman had recently traveled internationally, and had been in contact with another person diagnosed with the coronavirus, the health district said. The man had recently traveled domestically, but had no known contact with people carrying the virus, the district said.

Local and state officials have forecasted increases confirmed cases as testing increased at the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Last week, officials said they planned to announce the number of completed positive and negative tests in order to provide a picture of the progress of testing within the county. As of Sunday, however, the district was only releasing reports of positive tests.

The health district did not release any specific information about where the people with confirmed diagnoses live in Galveston County. All of the local people diagnosed so far have been ordered to self-quarantine.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(6) comments

Bailey Jones

The county seems to be following the national trend of doubling the number of cases every 2-3 days. This would mean 50 cases by the end of the week, perhaps 100 by the end of the month. It's hard to tell how much of this exponential rise is new cases, and how much is just the availability of testing. Stay home, stay safe.

Walter Dannenmaier

The meaningful data would seem to be the rate of change of positives for infection among those tested. So Mike Pence said 254,000 Americans have been tested and about 32,000 were positive. That give you the rate among politicians, basketball players, movie stars, and other wealthy folks. Give it a week to see what's going on with the rest of us.

Wayne D Holt

In addition, the proportion of fatalities are falling as more are tested but the lethality remains approximately the same. My understanding is current ratios are slightly above a bad flu season, at about 2%. Just for perspective, in Galveston County the current rate of known infections is 0.000056667 of the population. That number will grow but will it grow enough to warrant living through a second Great Depression to weather it? I seriously doubt it.

Paula Flinn

12 people have confirmed cases, and you don’t tell us if they are on the mainland, or on the island? Wouldn’t that be helpful, for the greater good? Please tell us.

Carlos Ponce

Does it matter? I remember the onslaught of AIDS/HIV. As teachers we were told to treat every child as if they had AIDS or were HIV positive. which meant no contact with body fluids, special training for custodial staff on cleanup with Clorox and if an injury with blood occurred in a sports venue that child was pulled out of action unless or until the wound was treated and bandaged. Until further notice, no physical contact and wash your hands. Best thing to do is stay home.

Bailey Jones

It might be helpful if we still had a drawbridge that could be raised. But the island is in no way isolated from the rest of the county, anymore than Dickinson is isolated from League City. Carlos is right - just assume that everyone has it, because the truth is, we really have no idea how many of us are carriers - we're only testing the people who have obvious symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has it. Stay home. Stay safe.

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