For a 24th year, the medical preparedness exercise known as Operation Lone Star is returning to the Rio Grande Valley. Next week, clinics will be set up in cities across the border region to offer a variety of free medical services – and for the first time, services will include coronavirus testing and COVID vaccinations.
Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Administrator Eddie Olivarez tells 710 KURV it was the training during previous Operation Lone Stars that provided the model for the region’s response in the early months of the pandemic:
(Audio: Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Administrator Eddie Olivarez)
Olivarez says Operation Lone Star is a perfect opportunity for those who haven’t gotten a coronavirus shot to get one, especially with the highly infectious Delta variant now spreading through the Valley.