Local Health Official Sees No Immediate Turnaround In Higher Covid Death Rates


Health officials say they are seeing a continuing decline in the number of people becoming infected with the coronavirus in the Valley, along with the number of patients in the hospital. It’s a decline that started around the Labor Day holiday. But Dr. James Castillo, the Health Authority in Cameron County, says it’s a slow decline, and unfortunately the number of people still dying of the disease isn’t following the same trend:

(Audio: Dr. James Castillo, Health Authority in Cameron County)


Castillo tells 710 KURV that what’s keeping infections and hospitalizations from declining faster are Valley residents who haven’t gotten vaccinated, which is allowing the virus to keep circulating and preventing a return to pre-pandemic life. Castillo says the highly-contagious Delta variant is still the main strain spreading in the Valley.

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