A person in Wharton County has reportedly passed away whose symptoms were associated with COVID-19.

The Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) made this announcement in a report from the Texas Department of State Health Services dated Wednesday, June 3.

According to the report, the victim was a female from El Campo.

Since March when leaders from the county and municipalities like East Bernard, El Campo and signed disaster proclamations, the OEM had never reported a death until now.

OEM officials have said social distancing is working, which is the reason that new positive COVID-19 cases were falling until recently.

But, there had never been any reports of deaths in Wharton County.

This is extraordinary considering community transmission of COVID-19 was first detected in the U.S. in February, and by mid-March all 50 states had reported cases of COVID-19.

WC joins others in firsts

Unfortunately, Wharton County joins other counties throughout the state and the U.S. as having reported their first COVID-19 death until June.

Others counties are as follows:

• Cass County in Texas, no information on victim;

• Santa Cruz County in Arizona, a man over the age of 65;

• Butte County in California, person died while hospitalized and was older than 65;

• Halifax County in Virginia, no information on victim;

• Know County in Maine, male in his 70s;

• Montgomery County, in Idaho, elderly adult over 80 in resident care;

• Franklin County, in Kentucky, person in the 70s and resident of long-term care facility; 

• Bannock County, in Idaho, a male age 65.

June 3 OEM report

In the June 3 report, the OEM received from the state, there were nine new positive cases of COVID-19, and nonew recoveries.

The total who have tested positive for COVID-19 is now 67 in Wharton County and 38reported cases who have recovered. 

Wharton County has 28 active COVID-19 cases. 

GENDER                   AGE                CITY

Female             10-20               El Campo

Female             10-20               El Campo

Male                30-40               El Campo

Female             20-30               El Campo

Female             20-30               El Campo

Female             40-50               Wharton

Male                60-70               Wharton

Female             40-50               El Campo

Female             50-60               El Campo

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