Cameron County has received confirmation of an additional 36 reports of COVID-19.

This raises the total number of cases to 195 in Cameron County. This compares to the 188 positive cases confirmed by Hidalgo County health officials.

Of the 195 cases in Cameron County, 62 individuals have recovered.

Cameron County Public Health says it is continuing to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak at two nursing home facilities in Harlingen.

Veranda Rehabilitation and Healthcare has seen 17 of its employees test positive for COVID-19, along with five individuals related to the employees. A total of 31 residents at the nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, including two who have passed away. 

There have also been 36 employees and 24 residents who have tested negative at the nursing home, A total of 54 individuals are pending results. 

The Windsor Atrium currently has 11 employees and 14 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, including one who has passed away. There has also been one employee and two residents who have tested negative. Results are pending for seven individuals linked to the nursing home. 

“Individuals at the two facilities who have tested positive continue to be in isolation and employees who have pending results are not working at the facility,” Cameron County Public Health stated.

“As part of the COVID-19 action response plan, we are conducting epidemiological investigations and contact tracing as needed.”

Here are details on the new cases of COVID-19 announced by Cameron County Public Health:

Residence Gender Age(s) Transmission
Brownsville Female 49 Community
Brownsville Male 22, 43 Community
Brownsville Female 14, 27, 29 51, 60, 62 Link to Previous Case
Brownsville Male 12, 29, 39, 45, 55 Link to Previous Case
Harlingen Female 49, 71, 76, 81, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 94 Link to Previous Case
Harlingen Male 27, 38, 52, 79, 83, 94, 98 Link to Previous Case
Los Fresnos Female 32 Community
Los Fresnos Male 77 Community
Los Fresnos Male 32 Link to Previous Case
San Benito Female 45 Link to Previous Case
San Benito Male 37 Link to Previous Case

Hidalgo County

Seven new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday by Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

The seven new cases bring the total number of cases in Hidalgo County to 188.

Thirty-three of them have been hospitalized; six are in intensive care units. No new individuals have been released from isolation. 

Cortez said the mayors of all the affected cities have been contacted as have the four Hidalgo County Precinct Commissioners. All the news cases and their family members have been ordered to isolate themselves at home.

Cortez warned Hidalgo County residents against the use of inflatable playscapes on Easter Sunday.

“Over the last few days, city and county officials have received several phone calls from citizens asking if inflatable playscapes are OK to use,” Cortez said. 

“They are not. The companies who rent them are not considered essential businesses and the playscapes themselves are too large to efficiently disinfect.”

Cortez added: “County health experts are strongly advising people to stay off these inflatable playscapes, which have become a staple of Easter gatherings.”


Tamaulipas Health Secretary Gloria Molina Gamboa

Tamaulipas Health Secretary Gloria Molina Gamboa confirmed five new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. 

There have now been 63 confirmed cases in the state of Tamaulipas.

One of the new cases comes from Altamira, one from Reynosa, one from Matamoros and two in Madero.

Two of the cases were analyzed by the State Laboratory of Public Health (LESP) and three by a private laboratory authorized by the federation.

Of the two cases confirmed by LESP, one is a 39-year-old male from Reynosa, 39, and the second a 59-year-old male from Altamira. Of those confirmed by the private laboratory, two are men from Madero, one aged 27 and the other 67. The other is a 63 year-old male from Matamoros.

Molina Gamboa said 25 samples analyzed by the State Laboratory were negative. Of these, 15 are cases from Victoria, two from Mante, one from Padilla, two from Reynosa, three from Nuevo Laredo and two from Matamoros.

Molina Gamboa again encouraged Tamaulipas residents to stay at home, not to go outside unless strictly necessary, and take extreme measures of hygiene and healthy distance. She said elderly adults should be protected, and advised residents to wash their hands ten to 20 times per day. She said commonly used surfaces should be disinfected regularly.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows a Tamaulipas nurse. The photo was provided by the Tamaulipas Department of Public Health.

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