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RGV COVID-19 Live Blog: 3 Deaths, 21 Additional Cases In Cameron County

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, June 3

9:15 p.m. – Twenty-one additional cases of COVID-19 and three fatalities in Cameron County

Cameron County Public Health confirmed its largest count of COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday. Three previously reported cases – an 88-year-old female, 76-year-old male, and a 58-year-old female – have died. There are now 39 COVID-19 related deaths in Cameron County. 

Twenty-one new cases and 18 recoveries were also announced on Wednesday. Cameron County has 820 known positive cases of the novel coronavirus, 599 of which have recovered according to county data.

A dozen of the new reports are residents of Brownsville, including the youngest case of a 7-year-old boy linked to a previous case. Four are from Harlingen and two cases are from Los Fresnos. One of two cases from San Benito includes the oldest case of the group: an 81-year-old female. Two cases of community transmission were reported on Wednesday in a 19-year-old female from Rio Hondo and 38-year-old male from Brownsville.

7:15 p.m. – 24 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 recoveries in Hidalgo County

Twenty-four new cases of COVID-19 and 15 recoveries were confirmed by Hidalgo County officials on Wednesday. 

One-third of Wednesday's new cases are in their 20s or younger. Three individuals are reported to be above the age of 70. 

The number of hospitalizations in the county has increased to 31 including three in intensive care. Hidalgo County has administered over 16,700 tests, about 2,600 of which are still pending. 

There are now 237 active cases, 386 recoveries and 11 fatalities, totaling to 634 known cases in Hidalgo County.

7 p.m. – 42 cases of COVID-19 reported in Starr County

Starr County Health Authority Dr. Jose Vazquez confirmed that there are now 42 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the county. 

Twenty are currently active and "under medical supervision" and 22 have already recovered, according to an update from thecounty's official Facebook page.


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