The Rio Grande Valley is dealing with the first death of a Valley resident from the coronavirus. A Willacy County man in his 60’s died Saturday at a hospital. His death came 6 days after test results came back showing he had contracted COVID-19. State health officials are not saying which city the patient was from nor at which hospital he was being treated. The first coronavirus-related death in the Valley comes 17 days after the first Valley case of coronavirus was confirmed.
Hidalgo County health officials say there are 13 new cases of the coronavirus according to test results reported between Friday night and Sunday night. That brings to 99 the total number of residents infected with the coronavirus. And health officials say 49 of those cases are connected to previous travel-related cases. Hidalgo County Chief Health Administrator Eddie Olivarez says they’ve identified 13 separate clusters of infection since the first case was reported March 21st.
Cameron County health officials confirmed this past weekend that 25 more people are infected with the coronavirus. 9 of those residents testing positive are from Harlingen and are between the ages of 69 and 88. Health officials say all of the infections are linked to earlier infections but they did not specify if any are residents of the Veranda nursing home in Harlingen. 1 patient there tested positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday, and a total of 10 employees have also tested positive for the highly-contagious virus. Cameron County is now reporting a total of 87 cases of coronavirus.
The number of Valley residents testing positive for COVID-19 has grown to 198. There are 99 cases in Hidalgo County, 87 in Cameron County, 7 in Starr County, and 5 in Willacy County.