Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

The COVID-19 case count in Matagorda County rose to seven on Wednesday morning.

A female between the ages of 40-50 tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at home, according to a news release from the Matagorda Regional Medical Center. 

The patient reported no recent travel, according to the release, which suggests that she could have been infected with through community spread.

As of Wednesday, the medical center had tested 79 people for COVID-19 – 7 were positive, 16 negative and 56 are pending results, officials said. 

Six of the seven cases confirmed by MRMC are presumed to be the result of community transmission, Aaron Fox, a spokesperson for the medical center, said on Wednesday. Three of those patients are hospitalized and one, a Bay City man in his late 90s, died on March 15.

Community spread means that someone has contracted the virus, but how or where they contracted it cannot be traced, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

As of Tuesday, other health organizations and physicians throughout the community had started their own testing in addition to testing conducted by the MRMC. 

"To this end, the information release and in all future releases regarding COVID-19 should be viewed as a contribution to a total number and not the total number itself," the news release said.

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Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at

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