An additional death related to COVID-19 has been confirmed locally, bringing the current total to 27, according to Walker County Office of Emergency Management officials.

The newest fatality report involves a female in her early 80s. There have been two additional public fatalities, while the remaining 24 deaths involve offenders within the Walker County’s seven state prison units.

An additional case of COVID-19 was also confirmed locally on Thursday, bringing the current public total to 151. Over half of the patients (76) have graduated out of quarantine, and have been cleared by medical professionals. There are currently 75 active cases.

Five of the local cases involve children under the age of five.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is reporting 285 offender cases.

Approximately 1,576 people have been tested within Walker County, with nearly 1,367 negative results.

Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, such as coughs and sneezes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, these symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyone has ways that they can contribute to slow the spread of the virus and should remember to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed or gloved hands.

• Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

• Stay at home as much as possible

• Put distance between yourself and other people.

– Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

– Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus

• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people (grocery shopping, pharmacy, etc.)

• If you are in a private setting and do not have your cloth face covering, remember to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Texas Health and Human Services has a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at (833) 986 - 1919. Further information regarding COVID-19 can be found at and