Cameron County Public Health is confirming a travel-related case of COVID-19.
According to a release, a 21-year old male from Rancho Viejo tested positive after traveling to Ireland and Spain between March 5 and March 12.
On March 18, the patient presented himself at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen with symptoms of fever and cough where he was tested, said the release.
Cameron County Public Health received confirmation on Thursday.
According to the release, Cameron County Public Health is implementing a COVID-19 action response plan and is conducting the epidemiological investigation to identify others who may have been exposed and test the individuals showing signs and symptoms.
Cameron County Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are received, said the release.
Cameron County continues to emphasize the importance of following prevention methods:
- Practice social distancing and keep your distance of 6 feet from others.
- If you are sick, call your doctor and home isolate yourself.
- Do not go outside the home unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Practice good hygiene practices for everyday prevention measures, including frequent handwashing.
- Covering when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
For information on COVID-19, please contact the Cameron County COVID-19 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 at http://www.cameroncounty.us/publichealth/index.php/coronavirus/.
Additionally, it is encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/ for daily updates.