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RGV COVID-19 Live Blog: Eleventh Death In Hidalgo County As All Four Counties Report New 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...

Monday, June 1

10:00 p.m. – 37 known cases of COVID-19 in Starr County

On Monday evening, Starr County officials confirmed 17 active cases of COVID-19 in the community plus 20 recoveries.

Recent reports include a family member of a previously reported case and two women who tested positive at mobile testing site for screening COVID-19 infections. 

8:30 p.m. – A dozen new cases reported in Cameron County

Cameron County Public Health confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 and seven recoveries on Monday evening.

All of the new positive reports are from Brownsville. The youngest case is a 5-year-old female linked to a previous case and the oldest is a 73-year-old male who likely contracted the disease from the community. Five of the 12 new reports are determined to be cases of community transmission. The other seven are linked to previous cases.

There are now 776 known cases of COVID-19 in Cameron County. About 76 percent, or 566 individuals, have already recovered according to county data. 

8:00 p.m. – 60-year-old McAllen woman is Hidalgo County's latest death

After almost three weeks of no fatalities, Hidalgo County officials confirmed that a 60-year-old woman from McAllen with "a history of medical complications" is the eventh COVID-19 related death in the county. 

Nine new cases were reported on Monday, taking the number of active cases to 218. The number of recoveries is now at 355 after nine individuals were recently "released from isolation."  

The number of hospitalizations in the county has increased to 26 compared to the 20 patients reported yesterday. There are now six new patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 in Hidalgo County hospitals, including three existing patients who remain in intensive care.

5:00 p.m. – 19 cases confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Willacy County 

The Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 confirmed 19 known cases of the novel coronavirus in Willacy County on Monday. 

The latest case, a female in her 50s, is determined to be a case of community transmission. Two new cases linked to previous infections – a male in his 40s and a female in her 30s – were recently confirmed as well.
An employee of Willacy County's jail division has tested positive and three others are in quarantine after presenting symptoms, according to The Monitor.
12 p.m. – Over 1,300 confirmed cases, 47 deaths connected to COVID-19 in the Valley

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

  • 575 cases, 10 deaths in Hidalgo County
  • 764 cases, 36 deaths in Cameron County
  • 16 cases, 1 death in Willacy County
  • 35 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