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Coronavirus cases continue to rise in RGV

A computer generated representation of COVID-19 virions (SARS-CoV-2) under an electron microscope. Photo: Wikimedia Commons


The curve of the coronavirus outbreak might be flattening in some U.S. cities, but the number of people who have contracted the virus continues to increase in the Rio Grande Valley.

A cluster of cases happened at two nursing homes in Harlingen – Veranda Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Windsor Atrium. Of the numerous cases reported in Cameron County, three have been from the Los Fresnos.

So far, five deaths have been linked to the virus in the Valley with three in Cameron County and one in both Hidalgo and Willacy counties.

And as of Wednesday, April 14, a total of 428 cases of people that have contracted the virus have been reported throughout the four counties that make the Rio Grande Valley.

Cameron County had 239 cases, Hidalgo County reported 198 and Starr and Willacy counties had seven each.

Los Fresnos Mayor Polo Narvaez said residents should follow the orders issued by County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr., which includes the shelter-in-place order that imposes a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew and, lately, that no one under the age of 14 should be going to stores and supermarkets and to wear face masks when in public.

‘We are following everything the judge has been saying,” he said. “We know it’s difficult but these are measures we need to take in order to stop the virus from spreading.”

Narvaez said people should wash their hands regularly, practice social distancing and wear face masks whenever they go out and to have one person in a vehicle when going to a supermarket or other store.

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