Nine more cases swell local COVID-19 total to 31

Nine more cases swell local COVID-19 total to 31
Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 16:26:56-04

Nine more new local coronavirus cases were added today, boosting the total to 31 in Nueces County so far.

City manager Peter Zanoni confirmed those numbers during his daily press briefing and added there have been no deaths in the area attributable to COVID-19.

Of the 31 cases to date, 17 have been male and 14 are female.

Seven of the cases were female that were reported today, Zanoni said.

COVID-19 tests are continuing across the area. Zanoni said 154 have been conducted by the Corpus Christi Nueces County Health District and about 200 by private medical entities. An exact total of the number of tests should be available later this week.

Currently, seven Corpus Christi firefighters remain in quarantine. Five of those are expected to return to duty on April 2 and the others are awaiting patient tests.

Four police officers who had been isolated after a weekend arrest of a potential COVID-19 suspect are back in duty after theirt coronavirus proved negative.

Zanoni also said that passengers who arrive at Corpus Christi International Airport from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington and California as well as the cities of New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Detroit and New Orleans are require to report where they will be and to remain in quarantine for 14 days. The passengers will contact one of three Texas Department of Public Safety troopers at the airport to provide paperwork where they will be during that 14-day period or face legal penalties.

That requirement comes after an edict issued for similar rules across the state from Gov. Greg Abbott.

"It's pretty simple but a way to keep our community safe," Zanoni said.