Fort Bend County authorities reported five new cases of the potentially deadly coronavirus on Friday, bringing the number of cases to 24 countywide.

Seven new cases were reported Thursday.

According to the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services office, most of the victims experienced mild symptoms and are isolated at home.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services released few details regarding the five new cases.

Here’s what authorities were able to report without violating patients’ rights:

• A woman in her 20s with mild to moderate symptoms. She is recovering in isolation at home.

• A man in his 50s with mild to moderate symptoms. He is recovering in isolation at home.

• A man in his 60s who was hospitalized and discharged. He is now recovering in isolation at home.

•A woman in her 60s who is hospitalized.

• A woman in her 50s with mild to moderate symptoms. She is recovering in isolation at home.

The epidemiologic investigations for all new cases are ongoing, authorities reported.

However, unlike previous reports, health authorities did not say whether the victims had caught the virus while traveling overseas.

“Community spread is occurring throughout the Houston region. Community members need to follow the social distancing ordinances issued by local, regional, and state leaders seriously. They are in place to help keep our most vulnerable residents safe and to minimize the impact on our healthcare system,” said Dr. Jacqueline Minter, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services director and county Health Authority.

“If you are not sick, you do not need to be tested. If you are sick and your symptoms are mild, please stay home and manage your symptoms as if you would for the flu.”

The public can get up to date information on the COVID-19 crisis by calling the county’s phone bank at 281-633-7795 Monday through Friday.

The public can help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Minter said.

1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.

2. If you are in good health and have mild illness, stay home, and take care of yourself like you would for the flu.

If symptoms worsen, call your doctor. Your doctor will help make the decision whether you should get tested for COVID-19

3. Practice healthy hygiene habits every day to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

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

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

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

4. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.

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