Cameron County confirms 4,000 COVID-19 cases, judge considers legal action against state

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — Monday, Cameron County officials announced 4,175 total cases of COVID-19 in the county.

“The numbers are off the charts, literally, I mean all the hospitals are beyond capacity,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. “Over Friday and Saturday, we’ve reported over 600 new cases.”

Monday, 321 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cameron County.

Cameron County and Hidalgo County are sharing a large refrigerated trailer to house bodies of people that have passed away due to COVID-19 complications because of a lack of space at the morgues.

“This is extremely frustrating, but worse than that, it’s life-threatening and if we don’t do our part. I’m pleading with everybody in our neck of the woods, help us do your part, people’s lives are at stake- not just the people getting sick, but doctors nurses working to the bone, EMS personnel. transporting people,” said Treviño.

The county is now considering putting field hospitals outside, but resources are limited.

“That’s why we’re looking at the alternative care sites if we can’t get a field hospital we need to get these alternative sites set up,” said Treviño.

The county judge met with area superintendents and is writing a letter to Governor Greg Abbott asking him to let local schools open up on their own terms.

“It’s my understanding that all of the superintendents at this point wish to delay the opening and not include face to face teaching,” said Treviño.

In a separate letter to the Governor, Treviño joined the other Rio Grande Valley judges asking to let them impose more regulations like a shelter in place mandate.

If Abbott doesn’t react, it’s possible Treviño will consider legal battles.

“We’re weighing our options and it may end up being a legal dispute between us and the state and I don’t think it should be,” said Trevino, “We don’t want to hurt the economy anymore but what’s the economy worth if people are dying.”

The judge has requested the ambulance strike teams and out of town nurses have their deployment extended to continue helping Cameron County hospitals.

Judge Treviño has also asked the state for additional testing sites to meet the demand.

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