16 Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

MGN Online

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found 16 more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing the rural area’s total case count to 1,638, the county’s emergency management officials reported Tuesday.

For about a month, Frank Torres, the county’s emergency management coordinator, has been monitoring the uptick, citing Thanksgiving gatherings as the source of a wave of new cases.

This week, Christmas Eve gatherings have begun spurring the latest cases, he said.

On Tuesday, state health officials found 16 more county residents had contracted COVID-19.

Now, health officials are investigating to determine whether the county’s latest 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.

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