Harlingen, TEXAS-Cameron County officials confirm the first death from COVID-19 in the area on Monday.
According to a release, the patient was a 81-year-old resident from the Veranda Nursing Home in Harlingen. The patient had been hospitalized at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of this COVID-19 related death” stated Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. “Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. In recognizing the severity of this disease and how critical these next few weeks are going to be, Cameron County is determined to do everything in its power to avoid additional loss of lives to COVID-19. It is imperative that every resident does their part to reduce the spread and avoid putting others at risk.”
Cameron County Public Health say they continue to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak at the Veranda Nursing Home.
There has been 11 employees and 11 residents who have tested positive, 10 employees and 10 residents who have tested negative and 39 individuals pending results. The individuals who have tested positive are in isolation, and the employees who have pending results are not working at the facility, according to the release.
Cameron County Public Health says they will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are received.
This is the second COVID-19 related death in the Rio Grande Valley. There are a total of 86 confirmed cases within Cameron County.
For information on COVID-19 please contact the Cameron County Coronavirus Hotline at (956) 247-3650, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or refer to the Cameron County Public Health website for more information and updates here Additionally, it is encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at here for daily updates.