BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — In a press conference held on Monday, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino explained the current situation residents are facing in regards to the pandemic.
Over the weekend, the latest data showed that 54,653 Cameron County residents were tested for COVID-19. Out of that number, 5,891 residents tested positive. Trevino says 2,831 cases have cleared or recovered. 2,964 results are pending and 95 deaths were reported.
During the press conference, Trevino showed a video shared by restaurant Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, located in South Padre Island.
In the video, you can see what it appears to be a party boat. The boat is filled with people, some with masks and others practicing little or no social distancing.
“Those people on the boat are not following our mandate. This is not a political issue, I don’t know how many times we have to tell people.” said Trevino. “The virus is not slowing down because of the heat, it is not slowing down because there is a presidential election at the end of the year, it is not slowing down because it doesn’t care that our hospitals are at and beyond capacity. It’s not slowing down because our hospitals and health professionals are working 24/7.”
Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo said that the county is doing its best to report the number of deaths timely, but they continue to be a month behind.
Dr. Castillo also mentioned the deaths being reported now are from the end of June. He also stated that there might be more people infected in the county based on what he referred to as “CDC Rule of 10”, and that there may already be a few hundred deaths from COVID-19 in the county.
Trevino says the county currently has a state testing site in Harlingen. The testing site will be held until Friday July 24, at the Harlingen sports complex. No appointment will be required.
The city of Brownsville has expanded to three drive-through testing, please visit their website here.
The Cameron County public hotline is still available for those who need it; the hotline number is 956-247 3650
Watch the entire press conference here: