BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño held a press conference to provide updates to the community on the cases of COVID-19.
There currently 26 confirmed cases in the county.
During the press conference, Treviño informed that out of the six cases confirmed March 30, three were employees of a nursing home.
The judge advised that those employees have been ordered to home isolation and that the county’s health department is working with the facility and testing patients and employees as needed.
Families of patients have been informed, the judge added.
Treviño also enforced the importance of following the county’s shelter-in-place order during the conference, emphasizing that recreational fishing and golfing are not considered essential activities.
“People are dying. The number of patients in our county has doubled in the last several days,” said Treviño. “This is not something that we look at lightly we are trying to get ahead of this. There is no cure.”
The judge also informed that over the weekend several people were arrested for not following the county’s order.
Judge Treviño extend his gratitude to law enforcement, reminding the community that they are still performing their job and that having to stop someone to ensure they are out for an essential need, could stop them from promptly responding to an emergency.
Treviño added the county would be looking into other measures to enforce the shelter-at-home order, checkpoints throughout the county was mentioned as a suggestion.
The judge also encouraged the community to report individuals not complying with social distancing measures.
“Call the local law enforcement authority,” advised Treviño. “This is not business as usual. These are not regular weekends.”
Treviño added that it is fundamental for the community to listen to the guidelines and advice the county is providing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We are trying to do everything we can to save lives, but we can’t do it if people continue to disregard the rules. That is the only thing in places that’s gonna slow down this virus.”