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101 cases of COVID-19 now confirmed in Cameron County

Cameron County health officials reported 14 new cases Monday night, including five connected to Windsor Atrium, a nursing home in Harlingen. Earlier in the day, officials here confirmed the first death from COVID-19, which was an 81-year-old person connected to Veranda Healthcare & Rehabilitation, another nursing home. Of the five cases related to Windsor Atrium, three are residents and two are employees. Read the full story at

Hidalgo County reports 14 new COVID-19 cases

As health officials on Monday reported the second death from COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley, confirmed positive cases in Hidalgo County climbed above the triple-digit mark. Cameron County officials on Monday reported the death of an 81-year-old resident of Veranda Healthcare & Rehabilitation, a Harlingen nursing home, while on Saturday, officials in Willacy County said a man in his 60s died. Read the full story at

Three CBP officers in the Valley test positive for COVID-19

Three U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers based in the Rio Grande Valley tested positive for COVID-19. CBP posted the number of confirmed cases on their website listing two officers in Rio Grande City and one officer in Brownsville. A total of 160 CBP officers around the country have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Cameron County reports first COVID-19 related death

Cameron County has received confirmation of its first COVID-19 related death of a Cameron County resident. The patient was a 81-year old resident from the Veranda Nursing Home in Harlingen and had been hospitalized at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.  “We are deeply saddened to learn of this COVID-19 related death” stated Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. “Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. In recognizing the severity of this disease and how critical these next few weeks are going to be, Cameron County is determined to do everything in its power to avoid additional loss of lives to COVID-19. It is imperative that every resident does their part to reduce the spread and avoid putting others at risk.”

Mask orders issued as RGV positive cases near 200

Cities throughout Hidalgo County began implementing more stringent requirements for those out in public as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to grow. On Sunday, the cities of Mission and Elsa announced orders requiring the use of masks for people traveling outside their own dwelling. Mission's order was effective immediately while the order for the city of Elsa is effective 5 a.m. Monday. Read the full story at

Starr County reports one new case of COVID-19

Starr County received one new positive case of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing their total to seven cases there. Read the full story at

Hidalgo Co. nears triple-digit COVID-19 cases

Thirteen more cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County were reported Sunday afternoon, bringing the total to 99. The cases were reported to the county from late Friday through Sunday, according to a news release. "As investigators dig deeper in all the known infections, they are beginning to discern patterns suggesting how the spread of the disease is unfolding in Hidalgo County," Eddie Olivarez, the chief administrator of Hidalgo County’s Health and Human Services Department, stated in the news release. "Health officials now believe they are seeing 13 different clusters of infection that emanated from people who contracted the virus earlier but have since spread it to others." Read the full story at

Cameron Co. reports 10 more COVID-19 cases

Cameron County health officials reported 10 additional cases of COVID-19 Sunday afternoon, bringing the total there to 87. Read the full story at

Elsa orders use of masks

The city of Elsa is ordering the use of masks, or facial and nose coverings, starting at 5 a.m. Monday. All persons over the age of 3 will be required to cover their nose and mouth when entering into any building that is not their dwelling, in a business' parking lot and when pumping gas. "For clarity, medical grade coverings, such as N95 and surgical masks are not required," the order states, "and the public is encouraged to use other forms of covering so not to disrupt the supply of medical grade coverings for health care facilities and professionals and first responders." Read the full story at

Mission orders use of masks effective immediately

Mission Mayor Armando O'Caña signed an order Sunday requiring the use of masks while out in public effective immediately. "Residents are to wear cloth like material, medical grade masks are not required," the city stated in a Facebook post. "A handkerchief, scarf, fishing gaiter or a homemade mask will suffice." "We are doing what we can to protect our residents and stop the spread of COVID-19, based on CDC regulations," the city added. Read the full story at