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Articles about the coronavirus

Willacy County reports five new cases of COVID-19

Willacy County reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Friday for a total of 256 cases there. The newly confirmed patients include four women —...

Coronavirus deaths begin to stress Valley mortuary industry

The evening someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Hidalgo County, they appear on a list the county sends out with the city they live...

Palmview City Council OKs purchase of ambulance as COVID-19 surges

The Palmview City Council has found itself in a quandary that the state, federal and local governments have had to grapple with since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: whether to prioritize the struggling economy or coronavirus response efforts. For Palmview, though, the question wasn't about whether to re-open businesses but about whether to use coronavirus relief aid funds to dole out grants to residents, or to purchase a new ambulance for its emergency medical services. The council voted 3-2 to approve the latter for a cost of $25,000 as part of the city's agreement to purchase an Infectious Disease Response Unit. Read the full story at themonitor.com

COVID-19 death toll sees sharp rise as 20 more people die in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County confirmed 20 deaths due to the coronavirus on Thursday, hitting a new milestone and setting a new single-day increase as 1,274 new cases were also confirmed. The county has now seen a total of 7,334 cases of COVID-19 with its death toll currently at 123.  “Several months ago, I warned of a potential tsunami if we did not take this more seriously,” county Judge Richard F. Cortez said during a social media briefing involving top county officials. “The tsunami is here.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

126 new cases of COVID-19 in Cameron County

Cameron County confirmed 126 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, according to a county news release, raising the total numbers of cases seen there to 3,246.  Among the new cases, the youngest is a 9-month-old girl from Port Isabel, and the oldest is a 98-year-old man from Brownsville.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hidalgo Co. prepares for possible field hospital, convalescent center   

Hidalgo County is in negotiations with contractors to possibly open a convalescent center and a field hospital to help relieve the overburdened local hospitals, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Thursday. “We're working with the federal government to possibly bring a field hospital here or work it ourselves to see if we can develop one with some additional contractors,” Cortez said during a Facebook Live news conference Thursday afternoon.  Negotiations are expected to continue over the course of a few days, but these facilities can be developed rather quickly, Cortez said, adding the county has already identified three possible sites. Read the full story at themonitor.com

1,274 new COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County; most in a single day 

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez reported Thursday afternoon that 1,274 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the area, soaring past the previously single-day high, and also reported 10 new deaths related to the disease. The drastic increase in cases comes a day after a massive testing effort at Bert Ogden Arena and H-E-B Park began, in which 5,000 tests were administered. Willacy County also confirmed eight new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total there to 251. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Harvard, MIT sue to stop new visa rule

On the heels of an order that would deny visas to international students if their coursework is “online-only,” Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have filed a federal lawsuit to stop it from being implemented. Such action comes after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced plans in a news release Monday to deny visas for international students enrolled in schools whose programs are fully online for the fall semester. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, educational institutions across the country are already scrambling to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Faced with growing demand, RGV Food Bank in need of volunteers

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley will begin accepting volunteers here on Thursday to assist with their everyday operations. “We’ve been blessed by the support of the National Guard, and we’re coming towards the end of that support,” Stuart Haniff, chief executive officer of the food bank said. “What we’re trying to do now is supplement that gap as they transition out by bringing back volunteers in a limited way.” The Texas Army National Guard began assisting the food bank in April at a time when volunteers from the general public had been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Prayer group pleads for God’s mercy amid disease at McAllen hospital

The sound of rams’ horns shofars filled the parking lot of McAllen Medical Center on Wednesday morning, a final invocation for God’s intercession on behalf of the doctors, nurses and patients battling COVID-19 on behalf of two congregations that had gathered in front of the hospital in prayer. The supplicants were members of Rivers of Living Water in Christ Church in Sullivan City and Iglesia del Valle Santa Pentecostes in San Juan. They prayed and beseeched, knelt and cried out, rams’ horns held aloft and prayer shawls fluttering in the breeze. They spoke in tongues, muttering and ululating; letting the Holy Spirit fill their hearts and hoping it filled the hearts of people suffering from the coronavirus across the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full story at themonitor.com