Willacy virus case count surpasses 600

RAYMONDVILLE — Five months after health officials identified Willacy County’s first case of the coronavirus, the rural county’s total case count has climbed over 600.

State health officials have found 22 more Willacy County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the county’s total case count to 614.

On Tuesday, the county’s emergency management officials reported a girl under 5, a girl under 10, four teenage girls, three women in their 20s; two women and a man in their 30s, three women and two men in their 40s, two women and two men in their 60s and a woman in her 70s have contracted COVID-19.

Now, health officials are investigating to determine whether the patients, who have been quarantined, have infected others.

“Our officials and staff continue to work very closely with our neighboring counties and state health services department,” County Judge Aurelio Guerra stated in a press release.

“The Texas Department of State Health Services will conduct case investigations on this and all positive COVID-19 cases that arise and ensure that proper isolation and 14-day quarantine is strictly adhered to,” Guerra stated.

“In addition, (health officials) will be sure family members stay isolated and quarantined as well and will be sure the family has supplies needed to be able to stay at home and follow protocol,” he stated.

Guerra urged residents to stay home, practice social distancing and good hygiene such as frequent hand washing and wear facial coverings.

Since late May, COVID-19 cases in this rural county with about 22,000 residents have surged from 14.

For more information, contact the state hotline at 956-421-5505.