The number of Galveston County deaths attributed to COVID-19 increased by five on Monday. To date, 73 county residents have died after contracting the virus, according to the Galveston County Health District.

The five deaths reported Monday include three men and two women. One man was in his 60s and two men were in their 80s. One of the women was in her 60s and the other woman was older than 90 years old.

All five people had preexisting medical conditions, according to the health district.

The deaths occurred between July 9 and Thursday. In the last 30 days, at least 29 Galveston County residents have died after contracting coronavirus, according to the health district.

Of the reported deaths, 39 have been connected to COVID-19 outbreaks at county nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Forty of the fatalities have been men, and 31 have been women, according to the health district. Forty-four of the deaths have been white people, according to the district. Fifty-four of the deaths have been people over the age of 70, according to the district.

The district has not released the names of people who died or the cities they lived in.

In Texas, 5,713 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. While the department only officially announced 44 new deaths on Monday, it also increased the number of statewide deaths by more than 600.

The department changed the way it reported deaths to include people whose death certificates note COVID-19 as the cause of death. Previously, the department waited for local health departments to verify and report COVID-19 deaths.

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


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Karen Sawyer

Why just reporting number of white people and not any other race?

Bailey Jones

You can get a break down by races here (scroll to the bottom)

Bailey Jones

I also found this interesting - Of the county’s 8,205 cases, 390 are tied to long-term care facilities. This count includes residents and employees. Thirty-nine of the 73 deaths reported to date by the health district are related to long-term care facilities in Galveston County. - GCHD

Carlos Ponce

The video Trump haters do not want you to see.

Now I know about her other ideas which to many appear off the wall but listen to her her in this post before FACEBOOK yanks it off. She is a primary care physician in Houston, Texas.

Bailey Jones

She also has the cure for all your demonic incubus and succubus issues -


Carlos Ponce

Pay attention to her, Bailey, you need to exorcise your demonic forces.

Bailey Jones

I can't believe how utterly perfect this is as an allegory for 2020. In the most scientifically advanced nation in the world, in the middle of the worst pandemic of modern times, the President of the United States embraces an Cameroonian faith healer.

Carlos Ponce

So Bailey is disavowing the religion of a Black woman who happens to be a Houston, Texas primary care physician. How very Progressive of you. Did you notice all the other health care providers behind her agreeing with her on hydroxychloroquine?

Bailey Jones

Yes, Carlos, I'm afraid my worldview doesn't include demons, nor, sadly, succubi. But it's totally cool if you believe in them. We all need to believe in something. Not everyone can be a scientist.

I look forward to reading the peer reviewed paper on her incubus vaccine.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, your demons are obvious.

Bailey Jones

Yes, well - it is harder to hide the horns with my receding hairline.

James Stephenson


Jim Forsythe

Bailey, do you mean the Pastor Who Claimed To Cure Coronavirus With Faith, that Died Of Coronavirus?

Bailey Jones

No, no, Jim -- that was last week. This week it's an actual doctor - see? we're making progress!

Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel is a Cameroonian-American physician, author, and pastor in the Houston. She has her own wiki page -

As you can read, she has every qualification that Trump and Carlos need to believe in her scientific expertise.

Carlos Ponce

How about all those other doctors, Bailey?

Jim Forsythe

Stella Immanuel, MD, one of Trumps new experts.

Immanuel describes herself as “a prophet of God,” believes “children need to be whipped,” claims doctors use “alien DNA” in experiments, warns that witches may poison women with demon sperm during sleep entanglements.

But the doctor and self-proclaimed deliverance minister has a history of medical quackery. She has previously claimed health disorders like cysts, endometriosis, miscarriages, and infertility are the result of patients having “astral sex” with demonic “spirit husbands” and “spirit wives” in their dreams. “We call them all kinds of names—endometriosis, we call them molar pregnancies, we call them fibroids, we call them cysts, but most of them are evil deposits from the spirit husband,” in a 2013 sermon posted on YouTube.

Carlos Ponce

What about those other doctors, Jim who are present and also believe in the benefits of hydroxychloroquine?

Bailey Jones

What do I think about doctors who prefer faith healers over science? I don't think much of them, I'm afraid.

Carlos Ponce

No Bailey, beside the Houston doctor there were many other doctors (the ones in white lab coats) who also promote and have used hydroxychloroquine to treat the Chinese Wuhan COVID-!9 Coronavirus.

Bailey Jones

Well - white lab coats - that's how you know they're real doctors!

Seriously - if they have scientific data they would like to share with the world, they should all get together and write a paper, submit it for peer review and have it published - you know, like real doctors do. I promise to read it. As long as their chosen venue is YouTube, I'll continue to laugh out loud at them and assume they are idiots.

Carlos Ponce

" if they have scientific data they would like to share with the world" They tried but were censored.

Bailey Jones

Censored? By whom, Carlos?? Facebook??? Twitter???? Instagram?????

All reliable science journals, I'm sure. lol.

"Oh help us - we have a cure for succubus induced genital warts and Facebook won't let us publish it!!! Hurry and watch our video before the Illuminati takes it down!!!"

lol. Seriously - I love this whole thing. I hope Biden makes a commercial out of it.

“Mr. President, the woman that you said is a great doctor in that video that you retweeted last night said masks don’t work and there is a cure for Covid-19, both of which health experts say is not true. She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens, and that they’re trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious."

Carlos, this is where you should follow your mentor and walk away from the podium.

Carlos Ponce

You really don't know? Donald Trump Jr. 's Twitter account was suspended after sharing the video.

Ted Gillis

So I guess according to this healer (a highly regarded physician), it’s a waste of time to disinfect my face mask with hydroxychloroquine or demonic semen because she has a cure for the coronavirus?

And I was just about to send my money to that Nigerian prince so he can get to his inheritance which is frozen in an account in Deuchbank!

These con artists just keep coming out of the woodwork, now that our president gives them credibility and cover.

Dan Freeman

In answer to Mr. Ponce question about the other doctors, according to MEDPAGE Today none of them have practices that would place them on the actual front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some other than Doctor Stella Immanuel include:

Simone Gold, MD, JD, list on her medical license an unverified claim that she is involved in patient care 30-39 hours per week and indicates a practice location in Hesperia, a bedroom community of about 100,000 at the edge of the Mojave Desert. Gold has been a frequent contributor to conservative media, including Fox News, where she advocates for HCQ as a treatment for COVID-19 and fast economic reopening.

James Todaro, MD an ophthalmologist based in Michigan who is no longer practicing. Todaro wrote a "white paper" in mid-March on chloroquine as prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19, based on published information and linked in a Twitter post. Twitter has since marked it as "potentially spammy or unsafe."

Bob Hamilton, MD is a pediatrician practicing in Santa Monica, California -- home to his private practice, Pacific Ocean Pediatrics. He founded a company that sells bath and body products for babies. Hamilton has advocated for getting children back in schools this fall. "Our kids are not really the ones who are driving the infection, it is the older individuals."

Dan Erickson, MD is a former emergency physician who was featured on national television in late April after he claimed data his center had collected showed that COVID was more widespread and less harmful than reported in medical journals. The American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Emergency Medicine issued a joint statement condemning Erickson's claims, calling them "reckless and untested musings" that are "inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19." A physician's license record for Erickson could not be found in the Medical Board of California database.

Richard Urso, MD, is an ophthalmologist at Houston Eye Associates in Bellaire, Texas, who has been touting HCQ for COVID-19. He said during that interview that HCQ was "safer than Tylenol, aspirin, Motrin."

Carlos Ponce

Simone Gold, MD, JD, FABEM, is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School to earn her Juris Doctorate degree. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Dr. Gold worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well as for the Chairman of the Labor & Human Resources Committee. She works as an emergency physician on the frontlines whether or not there is a pandemic. Her clinical work serves all Americans: from urban-inner city, to suburban, to the IHS. Her legal work has focused on conflicts between hospitals and insurers. She writes on a number of policy issues relating to law and medicine. She always leads with the facts.

Carlos Ponce

James Todaro, MD received his medical degree from Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in NY, and completed his surgical training with four additional years of residency in ophthalmology.. A long-time advocate of free speech, Dr. Todaro has doggedly pursued the dissemination of vital medical knowledge and evidence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carlos Ponce

Dr. Robert Hamilton, MD is a Pediatrics Specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has over 40 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of California School of Medicine - Los Angeles medical school in 1980. He is affiliated with Cedars - Sinai Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

Carlos Ponce

Dr. Daniel W. Erickson of Bakersfield, California, is a former emergency-room physician who co-owns, with his partner Dr. Artin Massih, Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield. They are experienced medical professionals who between them have 40 years of hands-on experience in dealing with viruses and respiratory infections. Watching the news in China in January, they knew the virus was on its way. They ordered many COVID-19 tests because they knew they would need them. They tested many thousands of people, and discovered for themselves what epidemiologists around the world are saying: COVID-19 came here earlier than previously believed, is more ubiquitous, and ultimately for the general population less deadly than we thought.

Carlos Ponce

Dr. Richard Urso, MD is a Ophthalmology Specialist in Kingwood, TX and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Texas- Houston McGovern Medical School medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities Houston Methodist Hospital and Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital Kingwood.

Dan Freeman

Current New England Journal of Medicine: Among patients hospitalized with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the use of hydroxychloroquine, alone or with azithromycin, did not improve clinical status at 15 days as compared with standard care. (Funded by the Coalition Covid-19 Brazil and EMS Pharma; number, NCT04322123. opens in new tab.)

Now stop the Trump as Doctor foolishness 😷

Carlos Ponce

"Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Rate Significantly in COVID-19 Patients, Henry Ford Health System Study Shows"

Carlos Ponce

"Using Hydroxychloroquine and Other Drugs to Fight Pandemic"

"The combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin has been used for decades in hundreds of thousands of people with rheumatoid arthritis. There is a concern that these medications do change the heart pacing a little and could cause cardiac arrhythmias. However, these arrhythmias are still very rare in people using these medications. People who already have heart arrhythmias or are predisposed to them or have family histories of them should discuss this with their health care providers and see if using hydroxychloroquine plus doxycycline or some other medications would be a better choice."

Carlos Ponce

" Five studies, including two controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy. Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been used as standard-of-care in more than 300,000 older adults with multicomorbidities, with estimated proportion diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias attributable to the medications 47/100,000 users, of which estimated mortality is <20%, 9/100,000 users, compared to the 10,000 Americans now dying each week. These medications need to be widely available and promoted immediately for physicians to prescribe."

Carlos Ponce

Locally, we have Dr. Robin Armstrong treated residents at The Resort in Texas City with hydroxychloroquine with good results.

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