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RGV COVID-19 Live Blog: 2 Deaths Reported As Rio Grande Valley Reaches 1,150 Cases

Texas Public Radio is updating information on COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley here. You can find the latest news from TPR in San Antonio here. Other NPRstations that are part of The Texas Newsroom are also live-blogging, including Houston Public MediaKERA in Dallas and KUT in Austin

The statewide coronavirus hotline is 2-1-1. CDC guidelines on what you need to know and what to do if you are sick with COVID-19 can be found here in English and Spanish, and embedded at the end of this live blog.
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Here's what we know...

Wednesday, May 20

9 p.m. – Cameron County reports 2 deaths and 15 new cases 

Two residents of the Windsor Atrium nursing home have died after testing positive for COVID-19. The 75-year-old female and 86-year-old male were previously reported cases. 

Windsor Atrium is linked to positive cases in 38 employees and 60 residents, which resulted in 16 deaths including today's report. Case clusters in this facility and two other area nursing homes total to over 200 positive cases, accounting for 31 percent of reported infections in Cameron County.

There are now 664 reported positive cases in-county, 418 of which have recovered according to county officials.

Fifteen new cases were also announced on Wednesday. Twelve cases are from Brownsville and one positive case was reported each for Los Fresnos, San Benito and Santa Rosa, respectively. The youngest cases reported include a two-year-old and a six-year-old; the oldest is a 79-year-old. All three are males from Brownsville linked to previous cases.

7 p.m. – 10 additional cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County

There are now 193 active cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County after 10 additional cases were confirmed on Wednesday. They are residents of McAllen, Weslaco, Mission and Edinburg. All the new reports are in their 40s or younger. 

There are currently a dozen patients in Hidalgo County hospitals receiving treatment including three in intensive care.

County officials say that seven people were also released from isolation today, taking the total number of recovered cases up to 264.

12 p.m. – 1,142 confirmed cases, 41 deaths connected to COVID-19 in the Valley

As of Wednesday morning, the four Valley-area counties have reported the following counts: 

  • 457 cases, 10 deaths in Hidalgo County
  • 649 cases, 30 deaths in Cameron County
  • 14 cases, 1 death in Willacy County
  • 22 cases in Starr County

Data visualizations are maintained and published by journalist Ronnie Garza on the website https://www.rgvcovid19info.com. Hover over the graph to view updated values.

| Find previous COVID-19 blogs here |

Community Helpline Numbers

Statewide COVID-19 Resources

  • 2-1-1 (option 6)

Cameron County

  • 956-247-3650 (24/7) 

Hidalgo County

  • 956-292-7765 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willacy and Starr Counties

  • 956-421-5505
CDC Guidelines in English and Spanish


Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. can be reached at reynaldo@tpr.org and on Twitter at @ReynaldoLeanos