Coronavirus cases spike as Texas reopens; health officials concerned for next wave

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HARLINGEN – Texas is seeing the number of COVID-19 cases spike as the state reopened on Friday. Now, health officials are concerned about the next wave of cases.

Sunday was the fourth day in a row that Texas surpassed 1,000 new coronavirus cases.

Dr. Christopher Romero, Internal Medicine Specialist at Valley Baptist Medical Center, said there could be a number of factors contributing to the spike. 

“We’re seeing more testing across the state and as a result, the more people you are serving you’ll be able to capture more patients that actually have the infection,” he said. “It could also be representative of increased spread of the virus within communities here in Texas.”

The Rio Grande Valley has not seen much of an increase in cases. According to Dr. Romero, it could be because the coronavirus reached the Valley much later than other parts in Texas. To prevent the spread of the virus, Dr. Romero said we need to continue taking precautions. 

“As we have more and more interactions out there in the public, and if people are not practicing those cautious measures of keeping physical distancing, covering face, that we could see a spike in cases,” said Dr. Romero.

As many businesses have already reopened, Dr. Romero wants to remind the public on the safety measures we should all be taking before heading outdoors.

“Take into account not only your health, safety, and well being, but of that of everybody else around you and please continue to keep six feet from other people when you are out and about and use a face covering whenever feasible.”

Health officials are continuing to monitor the new COVID-19 cases and urge the public to stay home as much as possible.

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