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U.S. Navy teams deployed to Rio Grande Valley to fight COVID-19 spread

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Starr County Health Authority meets with US Navy doctors and medical team sent to Starr County Memorial Hospital to aid in the care of local COVID-19 patients. (Courtesy Dr. Jose Vasquez Starr Co Health Authority)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — The Rio Grande Valley is getting additional support for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that five U.S. Navy teams will be sent to south Texas, with two coming to the RGV.

One U.S. Navy Acute Care Team will provide assistance at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, meanwhile, one U.S. Navy Rural Rapid Response Team will be sent to a Rio Grande City hospital.

The remaining teams are deployed to Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

These teams are sent to the area to provide medical and support professionals.

“The support from our federal partners is crucial in our work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities throughout Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “I am grateful for this ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy, and the State of Texas will continue to utilize every resource available to protect public health and keep Texans in every community safe.”

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