Articles about the coronavirus
Cameron County reported seven new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday afternoon. A news release issued by Cameron County Public Health confirmed the cases include two men from Brownsville who are 51 and 61 years old. The cases also include two men from Harlingen who are 43 and 92, and three women from Harlingen who are 44, 75 and 92. All of the individuals are linked to previous cases, the statement read, including two residents from Windsor Atrium and one resident from Veranda Nursing Home. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
By: James W. Castillo, M.D. On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019...
Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issued stricter emergency orders Tuesday to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Cortez mandated residents wear a face covering while outdoors and in buildings open to the public. His order specifically stated that medical-grade masks are not to be used, county spokesman Carlos Sanchez said during a Facebook Live video Tuesday. Those should be saved for medical personnel. The face-covering rule does not apply to people who are driving or exercising, as long as those who are exercising adhere to the 6-foot physical separation rule, Sanchez said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
The Agua Special Utility District Board of Directors agreed to postpone its May elections, joining other cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley that chose to delay their elections until November amid concerns over the coronavirus. The decision by the Agua SUD board of directors during a meeting on Monday follows recommendations from state officials to postpone their elections in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This year, three seats on Agua SUD's board of directors are up for election — districts 1, 2 and 3. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Mission CISD employees on Friday, April 3, loaded up three delivery trucks with food and delivered them to the Mission Food Pantry, according to...
Domino’s Pizza and all its franchisees will be giving away millions of slices of pizza to people in the front lines battling COVID-19. Company-owned and franchised stores throughout the U.S. started this week donating roughly 10 million slices of pizza within their local communities. The food will be given to area hospitals, medical centers, schoolkids and their families, health departments, grocery store workers, and others in need. All 6,126 stores nationwide are expected to be a part of this effort. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
HARLINGEN — Texas state parks, among the last public venues remaining open during the coronavirus pandemic, will shut down effective Wednesday, officials say. At the...
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. In a Monday night release, officials reported 14 new cases here bringing Hidalgo County's total to 113, including 14 who are hospitalized. Of those 14, four are in intensive care units. "We are seeing the number of cases double every four days or so," County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. "This is in line with what we have expected and I can't emphasize enough that the safest place for everyone is in their homes." Read the full story at themonitor.com.
If you’re tested for the coronavirus in the Rio Grande Valley in the foreseeable future, there’s a very strong chance your sample will make its way to a lab at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, where 18-odd students and virologist Dr. John Thomas have processed hundreds of samples in the past week and plan to process thousands more very soon. Thomas is a veteran virologist who’s studied everything from dengue and Zika to weaponized bacteria and anthrax. He’s an affable man, who circles the lab making jokes and lightly ribbing the technicians while they process samples and sterilize equipment. Although fighting the coronavirus is his job and he’s intensely dedicated to it, he’s also got a personal vendetta against it: he’d really like his gym to open back up. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
Rapid testing for the coronavirus will be available in Starr County within the next few days. Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county's health authority and board president of Starr County Memorial Hospital, said the county is in the final stages of securing those tests for its drive-thru testing facility. "That will bump the numbers for sure," Vazquez said of those who appear at their facility to get tested. "A lot of people will want to have a quick result and we are going to be capable of doing that in the next couple of days." Read the full story at themonitor.com.