Many people continue to go out to the island for recreation. I understand. People want to get out.

And yet, when I see it on social media, the great majority of the people tell us and show us, ‘hey I was out there with my brother, I have a friend who posted this, we were the only two out there with masks on and people were not socially distancing.’

Why? Why do you all continue to act as if this doesn’t affect you? Why? It makes zero sense to me why we continue to have these conversations. 

For the 80 or 90 percent of you that are doing everything we have asked you to do, wearing your mask, socially distancing, staying at home as much as possible, practicing good personal hygiene, thank you. Thank you very, very, much and God bless you and your families. You are doing the right thing. 

If it wasn’t for all of you doing what we have asked you to do, these numbers would be even worse. These numbers would be even worse. And yet, having 300 to 400 daily cases is going to lead to more deaths. 

Cameron County is better than this. The State of Texas is better than this. This country is better than this. Why can’t we all unite and fight against this virus? 

I remember that first press conference or one of the first ones and I said, what is it going to take? Is it going to take somebody to die in Cameron County for you all to act? We got it under control in April. Because you did what we asked you to do. Of course, many of you were made to do that. 

Please, please help us. 

Editor’s Note: The above remarks were delivered by Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., at a news conference on Friday, August 7, 2020. The news conference was called to discuss the county’s response to COVID-19. Other topics covered included workforce training, Hurricane Hanna, and Census 2020.

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