BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Concerned about a sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., has closed county parks and county beach access areas, the county’s health authority has announced.
Treviño said the closures include: Isla Blanca Park, Andy Bowie Park, E.K. Atwood Park, County Beach Access No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6, Boca Chica Beach, Bejarano-McFarland Memorial Park, Pedro ‘Pete’ Benavides Park, Laureles Regional Park, El Ranchito Community Park, El Ranchito Recreational Park, Santa Rosa Community Park, and La Esperanza Community Park.
Treviño said the closure of the parks and beach accesses are being undertaken “out of an abundance of caution for the protection of public safety due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Dr. James Castillo confirmed the news in a Q&A van email with a reporter from Ron Whitlock Reports this afternoon.
Asked if there have been any cases of COVID19 community spread come from SPI’s beach, Castillo answered: “It is hard to determine a source since most patients report multiple places they could have acquired the infection.”
Asked if the county was considering closing SPI’s beaches, Castillo said: “The judge just issued an order closing the beaches.”
Asked to respond to those who would argue that if SPI’s beaches were to be closed, people would have nowhere else to go than to inside places where community spread would much more likely occur, Castillo said: “People should shelter in place at home and not be at any gatherings. If they choose to go out then they need to follow all the recommendations including wearing a mask.”
Castillo added: “It is important not to allow large crowds to congregate since that creates ‘super spreader’ events where one person may infect many others.”
Judge Treviño could be forgiven for saying, “I told you so.” He warned that the spread of the coronavirus would increase when Gov. Greg Abbott re-opened the economy. Treviño, along with other elected officials in Valley, believed the governor was opening things up far too soon.
At a news conference last week a reporter pointed out to Treviño that there has been a sign erected on the SPI beach saying “Mask Free Zone.” That rankled with the judge.
Melissa Elizardi, Cameron County’s public relations officer, said Judge Treviño would hold a news conference on Tuesday, June 30, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Elizardi issued these orders from the Judge: