Brownsville receives ambulances, other resources to assist with COVID-19

With more than 1,000 reported cases of coronavirus in Brownsville, and the numbers increasing rapidly, the City of Brownsville has requested state resources for...

Local hospitals request COVID-19 funds from county

The five major hospital systems in Hidalgo County are asking county commissioners for financial support in order to respond to the surge in COVID-19 patients. The Monitor obtained a copy of the letter that five medical institutions — Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, South Texas Health System, Mission Regional Medical Center, Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Knapp Medical Center — sent to Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez and the four county commissioners on Thursday.  “From the outset of the pandemic, our health systems have acted early and undertaken a wide variety of measures to prepare for and respond to the public health emergency, including but not limited to, retrofitting facilities, revamping standard operating procedures, innovating new ways to deliver safe and efficient healthcare, and expending significant resources in adding capacity to be able to provide care for COVID-19 patients,” the letter stated.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Willacy County reports 14 more COVID-19 cases

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found 14 more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving the rural county’s total case...

Feds to test for coronavirus at Bert Ogden Arena, H-E-B Park

Federal aid in Hidalgo County’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is expected to arrive here sometime next week and conduct a significant amount of testing at Bert Ogden Arena and H-E-B Park. Testing will be performed by personnel with the U.S. Public Health Service, whose Commissioned Corps is a branch of the nation’s uniformed services devoted to health. The testing venue was confirmed by Shalimar Madrigal, spokesperson for Bert Ogden Arena. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Number of Texans filing for unemployment benefits increases 7%

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune More than 96,000 Texans applied for jobless relief last week, a 7.4% bump over the week before. It is a reversal...

Cameron County reports another virus death

An 80-year-old woman from Brownsville died at Valley Regional Medical Center from COVID-19 related causes, Cameron County Public Health reported Wednesday night. She was a...

City adapts as employees test positive for COVID-19

As the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in Brownsville continue to rise, about 40 City of Brownsville employees have tested positive for coronavirus since...

Over 45 county inmates test positive for COVID-19

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 45 inmates at a jail facility in downtown Brownsville have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting staff...

Abbott halts elective surgeries amid concerned health officials’ call for autonomy

EDINBURG — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Tuesday suspending unnecessary medical procedures in Hidalgo, Cameron, Nueces and...

Health officials warn of pandemic’s mental toll

EDINBURG — As the pandemic prepares to stretch into its fifth month and cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported at record highs, local...