Wonders & blunders with Alice Milligan

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Two Port Isabel residents test positive for COVID-19

first_imgBy Gaige [email protected] Port Isabel residents have tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to Cameron County Public Health Department and the City of Port Isabel.The residents are two men, ages 62 and 64, according to a press release from the City of Port Isabel.One of the residents is self-isolating at his residence in Port Isabel, while the other is self-isolating in Brownsville. The latter’s permanent residence is a Port Isabel address, but Cameron County Public Health and the City of Port Isabel have not determined their entire movement from Port Isabel to Brownsville, according to Jared Hockema, Port Isabel’s city manager.Both persons have county-issued orders to stay home.Hockema says Cameron County is communicating with the city more than previously.A person who tested positive for COVID-19 was self isolating in a Port Isabel condo, two sources with close knowledge of the situation told the PRESS on March 25. Cameron County Public Health did not respond to multiple requests to confirm the person’s location in Port Isabel, and they didn’t initially notify City of Port of Isabel officials either.A few days after the person’s location was learned by the City of Port Isabel, Cameron County lifted their self-isolation order, notifying the city via a letter and email. The person has since left the condo.Hockema said several of the city’s suggestions, including adding tables to their press releases announcing new COVID-19 cases in the county, were followed by Cameron County, including more frequent communication by text and phone call.The City of Port Isabel will be assisting the Cameron County Public Health in locating Port Isabel residents who test positive for COVID-19, along with monitoring them, ensuring they’re following their county-ordered self-isolation.Cameron County Public Health will notify persons or places that may have had significant exposure to the two cases. Hockema says Port Isabel residents should not be concerned with exposure as much as they should be with maintaining social distancing and preventing the virus’ spread.“We need to all act as if we have it,” Hockema said. “We have a moral obligation to prevent the spread of this illness.”Hockema is not aware of any other persons in Port Isabel who are awaiting COVID-19 test results.Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. said during an April 6 press conference that of the 87 persons testing positive for COVID-19, 62 people are self-isolating, 12 people have been hospitalized and 13 people have recovered. RelatedLaguna Vista resident tests positive for COVID-19By Gaige Davila [email protected] A 44-year-old Laguna Vista man has tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19. Cameron County Public Health department confirmed the case, along with two other cases–a 27-year-old man from Brownsville and a 59-year-old man from Los Fresnos–around 9:30 p.m. March 26. In a media release, Cameron County…March 27, 2020In “News”Cameron County COVID-19 cases in the triple digitsBy Gaige Davila [email protected]  Three weeks after Cameron County confirmed its first COVID-19 cases, there are now over a hundred residents with the novel coronavirus.   As of this article’s printing, there are 147 cases in Cameron County. So far, three Cameron County residents have died: an 81-year-old man and a…April 9, 2020In “News”8th COVID-19 case confirmed in PI as cases in Cameron County riseBy Gaige Davila [email protected] Eight Port Isabel residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Cameron County Health Department data shows.  Last week, two Port Isabel residents tested positive: an employee from the Point Isabel Independent School District, becoming the fourth person to test positive in the city, and a 21-year-old male,…June 12, 2020In “News” Sharelast_img read more