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The Texas Public Radio newsroom is committed to providing our community with up-to-date information about COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley. Find our latest – as well as historical – reporting on this page.Click here to read Spanish-language translations from TPR and other public radio stations in Texas. 

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Texas Public Radio le brinda información actualizada sobre el COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande y en el  área de San Antonio. Puede encontrar las últimas noticias en español en “TPR Noticias: COVID-19" aquí.

Photo courtesy of South Texas Veterans Healthcare System

San Antonio’s Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA has thrown out a lifeline to an overwhelmed hospital near the Texas-Mexico border which saw its coronavirus caseload spike after Gov. Abbott reopened the state in May.


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La administración Trump anunció esta semana que no expulsará a niños inmigrantes y padres que se encuentran retenidos en el Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites en McAllen.

Hurricane Hanna rolls in near the Hampton Inn where migrants were being held.
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The Trump administration announced this week that it will not expel migrant children and parents who were being held at the Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites in McAllen.

A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin aircrew conducts an overflight of areas impacted by Hurricane Hanna near Corpus Christi, Texas, July 26, 2020.
Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Hurricane Hanna arrived in the midst of several COVID-19 outbreaks in South Texas, including in Nueces, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, which have all become hot spots for the disease in recent weeks.

A volunteer for LUPE leaves a bag of food and cleaning supplies on the doorknob of her neighbor’s home who could not attend to the distribution herself.
Michael Treviño | Texas Public Radio

It’s just after midnight and Dr. Ivan Melendez still has several hours to go before he finishes his shift at a hospital in Hidalgo County. 

It’s been nonstop. 

Next up, he has to call the wife of a COVID-19 patient who just tried to take out his own ventilator.

The U.S. Navy on Sunday deployed five medical teams to support health workers in South Texas, an area particularly hard hit by COVID-19. The state has had 10,000 new cases a day on average over the last week, up 55% since the beginning of July. And just over 4,000 people in Texas have died since the start of the pandemic.

The South Texas Family Residential Center is seen in Dilley, Texas, U.S., May 15, 2018. Picture taken May 15, 2018.
Callaghan O'Hare | REUTERS

This post has been updated. It was originally published on Sunday, July 5, at 2:55 p.m.

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has until mid-July to release migrant children in family detention centers, citing COVID-19 concerns at these facilities.

The COVID-19 unit at the DHR Health Center in Edinburg on June 30, 2020.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune


"Ten out of the 12 hospitals in Texas' Rio Grande Valley are now full" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.