Fernando Del Valle

Fernando del Valle is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at fdelvalle@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6278.

More Cameron Co. nursing homes report outbreaks

More nursing homes are reporting coronavirus outbreaks despite Texas programs aimed at protecting patients described as the state’s “most vulnerable population.” Cameron County health officials are reporting an outbreak at Rio at Fox Hollow, a Brownsville nursing home. In Harlingen, the Harlingen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center found two employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Brownsville is reporting residents and an employee have recovered from infections, Executive Director Norma Guerrero stated Monday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Harlingen looks to sell part of municipal golf course

A decades-old document might be standing in the way of the city’s proposed land sale at the struggling Tony Butler Golf Course. City commissioners were set to meet behind closed doors this week with City Attorney Ricardo Navarro’s law firm “to receive legal advice regarding the city’s legal responsibilities, obligations and options for the disposition of the Tony Butler Golf Course property,” according to the meeting’s agenda. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hoarders back stripping store shelves

They’re back for more. Hoarders are back for toilet paper and other paper products weeks after they sparked a national shortage of items such as rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer. In Harlingen, the second wave of hoarding started shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, when Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. issued an order mandating employees and customers at businesses wear facial coverings to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid climbing case numbers. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Lumber yard closes after 2 workers test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — Alamo Lumber Co. has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, state health officials have confirmed six new cases...

Amid Black Lives Matter support, Valley to celebrate Juneteenth

Lonnie Davis remembers “the talk” his family gave him as a boy. As the Rio Grande Valley’s black community plans to celebrate Juneteenth, Davis reflected on the national protests stemming from the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died of asphyxiation May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. “Every black man in America over 30 years old had that talk,” Davis, 76, a Harlingen businessman, said. “It was how to act around white men — ‘Try to stay away from them as much as you can, become invisible, thank you, no sir, thank you please.’” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Willacy trying to contain jail outbreak

Officials are trying to contain an outbreak at the Willacy County Jail after five inmates and two more employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The new cases come after two jailers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus earlier this week. Now, officials are awaiting results after testing more than 50 county and city employees and about 30 inmates. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Nursing homes await Texas National Guard

HARLINGEN — Like Jason Hess, the area’s nursing home administrators are waiting for the Texas National Guard’s help in their fight against the spread...

Second phase: Restaurants prepare to reopen at 50% customer capacity

HARLINGEN — Like Paulo Ochoa’s restaurant, some businesses are making preparations to reopen at 50-percent customer capacity after Gov. Greg Abbott set Friday as...

Five Brownsville nursing home residents contract COVID-19

BROWNSVILLE — Five nursing home residents in Brownsville have contracted the COVID-19 virus after a hospital transferred a patient who showed no virus symptoms...

Willacy County loosens some COVID-19 restrictions

RAYMONDVILLE — Like many counties across the country, Willacy County is loosening its restrictions on orders aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. County...