BROWNSVILLE — Although Cameron County no longer has a curfew, County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. on Friday said if he sees the county’s COVID-19 cases increasing he will order one again.
Treviño made the announcement during a press conference updating the county residents on how coronavirus is affecting the county. He suspended the curfew on Friday.
The county judge said he had talked to several people about doing away with the curfew, but added that he could change it at any time if necessary.
“COVID-19 has not left us. It is still very much a risk to our safety, our health and our security,” Treviño said at a Friday press conference. “All of us know someone who has either had COVID or actually lost their lives.”
The county reported an additional 97 coronavirus cases Friday morning and 70 cases on Thursday. On Friday, 11 Cameron County employees were reported to have tested positive for the virus. Seven work at the Juvenile Probation Department, one at the Adult Probation Department, one at Public Works Precinct 3, and two at the sheriff’s department.
As of Friday afternoon, countywide there were 24,992 COVID-19 cases, 22,552 that were cleared with 1,100 deaths.
Treviño said officials and the community know that preventive measures the county initiated work because the number of cases reported over the past few weeks had remained steady at about 41cases per day.
Residents are asked to continue to wear facial coverings, practice social distancing and good hygiene, and to stay at home if possible.
“We have been able to get to this point because people have been doing what we asked them to do,” the county judge said. “We learned the damage and the danger over the summer.”
Although the daily number of cases in the county has averaged at about 35 to 41 per day over the pass several months, officials fear the numbers will increase as the public begins to suffer from COVID fatigue.
“We know that many people are having gatherings, many people are out and about and many people are out at the restaurants and we see that they are packed. I can appreciate that because of the cabin fever and stress associated with it, we want to have some sense of normalcy… We are two weeks away from Thanksgiving and I mentioned this at the last press conference that our goal should be to make sure that all of us are able to get together to give thanks the way we use to next year. In order to do that we have got to protect ourselves and follow the same behavior that we have been preaching now for months,” the judge added.