11 Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

MGN Online

RAYMONDVILLE — After a short lull in new COVID-19 cases, state health officials have found 11 Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing the rural area’s total case count to 1,158.

On Friday, the county’s emergency management officials reported a woman 50 to 59 years old had contracted the virus.

Then on Monday, officials reported no new cases.

On Tuesday, they reported 10 residents had contracted the virus including two males 10 to 19 years old, a man 20 to 29 years old, a man and woman 40 to 49 years old, two women 50 to 59 years old, a woman 60 to 69 years old, a man 70 to 79 years old and a woman 80 to 89 years old.

Now, health officials are investigating to determine whether the patients, who have been quarantined, have infected others.

“Our officials and staff continue to work very closely with our neighboring counties and state health services department,” County Judge Aurelio Guerra stated in a press release.

“The Texas Department of State Health Services will conduct case investigations on this and all positive COVID-19 cases that arise and ensure that proper isolation and 14-day quarantine is strictly adhered to,” Guerra stated.

“In addition, (health officials) will be sure family members stay isolated and quarantined as well and will be sure the family has supplies needed to be able to stay at home and follow protocol,” he stated.

Guerra urged residents to stay home, practice social distancing and good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and wear facial coverings.

Since late May, COVID-19 cases in this rural county with about 22,000 residents have surged from 14.

For more information, contact the state hotline at 956-421-5505.