BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. gave an update on the county’s response to COVID-19 and urged residents to be mindful of the virus.
Treviño was alarmed by the sharp spike in recent cases in the county.
“It took us five months to get to 3000 (cases),” said Treviño. “In the past five days, we have totaled 3788 cases.”
The county judge affirmed that we can not return life back to normal until we limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing CDC guidelines.
In addition to local COVID-19 numbers, Treviño stated that the United States makes up 22 percent of the world’s COVID-19 cases and deaths, despite only making up four percent of the world’s population.
“Those are not statistics we should be proud of or leading the world in,” Treviño said.
Also speaking was Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo who noted that hospital admissions for COVID-19 are decreasing.
However, he says COVID-19 cases are still going up and people should still abide by CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and staying home to continue to keep the numbers down.
Castillo also clarified what qualifies for a COVID-19 case and noted that positive tests confirmed from the Antigen test does not count for a case in Texas.
“The only test that’s used to recognize a positive case is the PCR test,” Castillo said. “The actual number of infections is always going to be higher than what we are reporting.”
Treviño later warned businesses that if they are not following regulations and guidelines that they will be punished and that checks will be done to ensure they are following protocol.
The county judge cleared up why the county has yet to set up a program to assist local businesses.
He mentioned that a “kink” in the CARES Act left Cameron County with $5 million in funding, compared to Hidalgo County, which received more than $150 million.
“That is one reason we don’t have the resources to handout grants or loans,” said Treviño. “We’ve done everything can to work with the state to work for more funding.”
This story will be updated.