Coronavirus Disease 2019

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Galveston County Health District reports 240 total positive cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County residents. The health district will update its case count daily at 5 p.m.  For case information, please visit our COVID-19 confirmed case page.

Please visit for the April 5 press release. 

On April 4, the health district also reported its first COVID-19 related death. Please visit for that press release. 


On April 3, 2020 Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr. Philip Keiser issued an order regarding long-term care facilities. The order is effective April 4 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until April 18. 

On April 1, 2020, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a new "Order of Essential Services and Activities" for Galveston County mirroring Governor Greg Abbott's executive order. Both the county and state orders take effect April 2 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until April 30.

For residents and businesses that have questions regarding the state order or what is considered to be essential, please visit or send an email to

A copy of both orders can be found at


On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”
Read the full text of the declaration.

Hospitals, healthcare professionals, local public health, community leaders, and others can find resources throughout this website to help them in their response to COVID‑19.

For additional information and resources, please visit:
CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019
DSHS – Coronavirus Disease 2019
WHO – Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC's Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus Disease 2019


Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the COVID-19 Call Center at 409.938.7221, option 1.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?
Where can I be tested?
How does the virus spread?
Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
What is community spread?
Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
What should people at higher risk do?
Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or product from China?
Is it OK for me to donate blood?
What steps can my family take to reduce our risk of getting COVID-19?
How can my family and I prepare for COVID-19?
What should I do if someone in my house gets sick with COVID-19?
How can I prepare for COVID-19 at work?
Should I use soap and water or a hand sanitizer to protect against COVID-19?
What cleaning products should I use to protect against COVID-19?