BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – In an exclusive interview with Ron Whitlock Reports, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño was told by a reporter that it took two hours to find and buy a gallon of milk.
“And we do not even have a confirmed case yet. What is going to happen when we have a confirmed case?” Treviño asked, in response to the observation by veteran reporter Ron Whitlock.
“Everybody has to remain calm and be mindful. Having five gallons when you only need one every two weeks or a week and half, that is not what we should be doing,” the county judge said.
Whitlock had pointed out that he drove for two hours around Willacy County on Sunday looking for milk. He said he visited HEB, Dollar General and a few convenience stores.
“I ended up with the last two gallons of milk in Willacy County. It took me two hours to get those last two gallons of milk. It was just like Beulah,” said Whitlock, remembering back to the famous hurricane of 1967.
Due to the heavy floods, Whitlock, then a radio broadcaster, was the only reporter operating in the Rio Grande Valley for a week in the aftermath of Beulah. His title was news and public affairs director at K-RIO 910 AM.
“Let’s be positive, be prepared and not panic,” Treviño told Whitlock, referring to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Treviño gave an update on the number of potential cases of coronavirus in Cameron County. At a news conference last Friday, Treviño said two people had been tested and were found to be negative. Results were not yet in for the other two tests, he said. Monday’s update, was that there four tests that had come back negative and the results of five other tests were not yet known.
“We’re going to see the numbers spike,” Treviño predicted.
The interview with the Cameron County Judge came before the City of South Padre Island declared an emergency. Treviño spoke about the situation on South Padre Island in his interview with Whitlock. He has a news conference planned for Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Reynosa has plenty of supplies
The Rio Grande Guardian’s Steve Taylor reports that there is plenty of soap, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, rice, beans, milk and bread in S-Mart in the Juarez colonia of Reynosa.
“The shelves were still quite full, even during Sunday evening. There does not seem to be a panic in Reynosa,” Taylor said.
“Valley residents might want to do their shopping over there but be aware that you cannot bring some items back across the bridge, such as tomatoes.”