Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick has confirmed that no coronavirus cases have been found in either of the major Beaumont medical facilities despite persistent stories of confirmations. Branick tells 1813News that after inquiries at Christus St. Elizabeth and Baptist Beaumont Hospital he has found no confirmed cases of the potentially deadly disease.

While the virus is sweeping across Italy and parts of Europe, the U.S. is just now beginning to see major infection rates in some parts of the country.

Branick confirms that 6-hour test kits have been ordered and Jefferson County is mounting a defense. The judge has noted the need for good hygiene but has also warned about overreacting to the stories of the spread of the COVID virus.