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Offshore oil worker Chris Frederick told KFDM that he is recovering at his home in Lumberton.

Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel tells KFDM/Fox 4 the health department has verbal confirmation of a Lumberton man's positive COVID-19 test and written confirmation is coming.

It's the second positive result for COVID-19 in the area. A Beaumont resident also tested positive this week and is self-quarantining at home.

Chris Frederick, 50, tells KFDM/Fox 4 he's in self-quarantine at his Lumberton home after he tested positive for COVID-19.

He works on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf.

"I went out on March 10 to an offshore oil rig in the Gulf," said Frederick. "Around the 15th I started feeling fatigue. I developed a dry cough, started getting a little fever. On the 16th I developed chills and still had the fever. On the 17th they evacuated me to a hospital near New Orleans. I had a flu test on the rig and at the hospital. Both were negative. Then I had a COVID-19 test. I'd already told my wife and children that I was feeling sick. I told them they'd need to leave home. I drove straight home and they were gone."

He says it took four days to get the results.

"I feel like I'm getting better. I lost my appetite and lost six pounds. I'm eating a lot of Halo oranges."

Chris says he hasn't had vomiting or diarrhea.

"It feels like the flu. "I have shortness of breath when I walk up and down the stairs. I have a little fever at night. Friday night I had 100.4, joint aches, a little bit of chest tightness."

When asked what he'd tell others about COVID-19, Chris shared this thought:

"My case is mild. I'd tell people that for me, this wasn't as bad as the flu. It's like the flu but not as bad for me. But everyone is different. It's important to get tested if you have some of the symptoms. Some people are confused. They think if you're not showing symptoms, you're not contagious. That's not true."

He says some other offshore workers were flown off his rig for testing.

It'll be a while before Chriscan leave the self-quarantine.

"I need three days of normal temperature. Then four COVID-19 tests for updated results. Then 14 days of quarantine. I'll lose 27 days of my life and can't work until then."

Hardin County Judge McDaniel says so far, 11 people from Hardin County have been tested. One result was negative and they're awaiting results of the ten other tests.

The judge reminds Southeast Texans not to call the new hotline for general information. Call 211, option 6 for that.

Only call the hotline any time Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (409) 550-2536 if you think you have COVID-19 and to go through screening for a possible test.

More than 100 people have gone through phone screening since the hotline opened at 8 a.m. Friday.

Officials in nearby Orange County also confirmed that a person there tested positive for the virus on Sunday. Word is that the individual is quarantined at their home and cooperating with the Orange Health Department.