RGV COVID-19 Live Blog: 1 Death In Cameron County, New Case Reported In Willacy County | Texas Public Radio

RGV COVID-19 Live Blog: 1 Death In Cameron County, New Case Reported In Willacy County

May 29, 2020

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 NPR stations that are part of The Texas Newsroom are also live-blogging, including Houston Public MediaKERA in Dallas and KUT in Austin

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Friday, May 29

Here's what we know...

8:00 p.m. – 36 COVID-19 deaths in Cameron County 

Cameron County Public Health confirmed that a previously reported case – a 70-year-old male from Los Fresnos – has died after testing positive for COVID-19. There are now 36 known COVID-related deaths in Cameron County. This is fourth death reported since last Saturday, May 23. Eleven new cases and 14 recoveries were also announced on Friday, taking the total number of recovered individuals to 552 out of 754 known cases. All of Friday's reports are residents of Brownsville with the exception of a 21-year-old female from Harlingen linked to a previous case. The youngest of the new cases are two 3-year-olds linked to a previous case and the oldest is a case of community transmission in an 61-year-old female. 

8 p.m. – Twelve new cases and 10 recent recoveries in Hidalgo County

There are now 560 known cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County, 204 of which are currently active. On Friday, county officials announced 10 recoveries and dozen new cases.

The new cases range between 20s and 60s in age. Six out of 12 of the reports are male and the other half are female.

The group includes cases three cases from Mission and two cases from Donna and San Juan, respectively. Single cases were also reported in Weslaco, Mercedes, Hidalgo, McAllen and Edinburg.

Four new patients were recently admitted to Hidalgo County hospitals for COVID-19. There are currently 20 people receiving treatment in Hidalgo County hospitals, including three who remain in intensive care. 

6 p.m. New case reported in Willacy County

A Willacy County man in his 60s is the latest cases of COVID-19 reported in Willacy County, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 15.

Late last week, a previously reported case was removed from Willacy's official count after a Texas Department of State Health Services investigation that the man was living in a different jurisdiction, The Brownsville Herald reported.

2 p.m. – Over 1,300 confirmed cases, 46 deaths connected to COVID-19 in the Valley

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

  • 548 cases, 10 deaths in Hidalgo County
  • 743 cases, 35 deaths in Cameron County
  • 14 cases, 1 death in Willacy County
  • 33 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