The city of Brownsville has confirmed seven new city employee positive COVID-19 cases.
They include two city employees who work with the Brownsville Police Department as police officers and two city employees who are non-police, the city said in a statement Friday evening.
Also testing positive were a city employee who works in the EPW Landfill Department and two employees who work with the Fire Department.
The four Brownsville Police Department employees began to feel symptoms on, June 15, with official confirmation provided to the city of the positive COVID-19 results Friday.
The Public Works Landfill department employee first began to feel symptoms on June 15, with official confirmation provided to the city of the positive COVID-19 results Friday.
The first Brownsville Fire Department employee began to feel symptoms on Sunday June 14 with the second employee feeling symptoms on June 10 with official confirmation provided to the city on both cases of the positive COVID-19 results Friday.
Those in contact with the employees who are in a medium to high risk of exposure will be tested and quarantined. All associated workspaces will be disinfected and deep cleaned. The names of the employees and any further identifying information are being withheld to maintain employee privacy consistent with federal health privacy laws.
The City of Brownsville Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are received.
The city’s public health efforts will continue to focus on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in the community. The city continues to emphasize the importance of following prevention methods to protect public health:
* Stay at home, unless travel is necessary
* Wear facial coverings
* Practice social distancing and keep your distance of 6 feet from others
* If you are sick, call your doctor and home isolate yourself
* Practice good hygiene practices for everyday prevention measures, including frequent hand washing
* Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
For information on Coronavirus, contact the Cameron County Coronavirus Hotline at (956) 247-3650, seven days a week/24 hours a day or refer to the Cameron County Public Health website for more information and updates at http://www.cameroncounty.us/publichealth/index.php/coronavirus/.
Additionally, it is encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
https://www.cdc.gov/ for daily updates.