Fernando Del Valle

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

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...

Harlingen projects $1.1 M in lost revenue; Virus business shutdown cuts 382 jobs

HARLINGEN — City officials are projecting losing $1.1 million in revenue this fiscal year as a result of an economic crisis stemming from the...

Willacy Co. confirms sixth COVID-19 case

RAYMONDVILLE — A woman in her 20s has become Willacy County’s sixth confirmed case of the coronavirus — the first new case here in...

Harlingen mulls STEC’s exclusive ambulance rights

HARLINGEN — City Commissioner Frank Puente is counting on Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to temporarily open the city to other ambulance companies amid the...

Probe links virus cases between Veranda, Atrium facilities

A health care worker carried the coronavirus from a Harlingen nursing home to a rehabilitation center here, Cameron County’s health administrator said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño issued an emergency management order aimed at nursing homes and “other long-term care facilities.” Officials are trying to determine the identify of the health care worker who carried the COVID-19 virus from the Veranda Healthcare & Rehabilitation to Windsor Atrium, Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Willacy County confirms second case

Officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Willacy County. The state health department confirmed Sunday an adult had contracted the COVID-19 virus, officials said Monday. “They’re following up with the particular family and any contacts they have had,” said Frank Torres, the county’s emergency management coordinator. An adult became the county’s second case, said Ben Clinton, deputy superintendent of the Raymondville school district. Read the full story at themonitor.com.