Cameron County reports 19th COVID-19 fatality

Officials in Cameron County reported Wednesday that another resident of a Harlingen nursing home has died from COVID-19, raising the number of fatalities there to 19.

“The resident was a 74-year-old male from the Windsor Atrium in Harlingen and passed away at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen,” officials said via a news release Wednesday evening.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. expressed his condolences for the man’s death, saying, “I would like to extend our condolences to the family on the loss of their loved one.”

In addition to Wednesday’s death, Cameron County reported 15 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 11 people from Brownsville, three people from Harlingen, and one person from Santa Rosa.

All but one of the newly reported cases have been tied to previously confirmed cases, county records show. A 56-year-old Brownsville woman is believed to have contracted the virus via community spread.

In Cameron County, 469 people have tested positive, and 240 of which have recovered.

The Windsor Atrium, as well as the Veranda Nursing Home, account for just over 36% of the county’s cases and nearly all of its fatalities, with 170 residents and staff from the two facilities testing positive, and a combined 18 fatalities.