Mexico cases up, warns of ‘prolonged pandemic’

MEXICO CITY (AP)  — Mexico has posted 6,717 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, increasing the country's accumulated total to 469,407. Officials also said Friday that the...

Rio Grande Valley reports 42 more COVID-19 deaths 

Hidalgo County health officials announced 25 more COVID-19-related deaths Friday, and Cameron County reported another 17.  Another 431 Hidalgo County residents also tested positive for...

‘Cautious optimism’ in virus fight; Still, county ‘not out of woods,’ officials warn

During a Cameron County press conference on Friday in Brownsville, Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo provided insight in the region’s fight against...

BPUB employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Brownsville Public Utility Board says an additional employee has tested positive for coronavirus. The utility company says the test was confirmed on Tuesday, Aug....

Governor urges flu shots as Texas reports 300 new deaths

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials warned Thursday that the approaching flu season threatens to further strain hospitals...

Texas to allow limited visitation in nursing homes with no active virus cases

By Sarah R. Champagne and Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune For the first time in nearly five months, visitors will be allowed in Texas nursing homes...

UT-Austin to offer virus testing free to student; plan to test 5K people weekly

By Reese Oxner, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

Texas GOP lawmakers sue governor over virus tracing contract

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five Texas GOP lawmakers sued Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday over a $295 million...

Officials clear ‘snag’ to patient transfers; Casa de Amistad ‘temporary COVID-19 field hospital’

HARLINGEN — Officials are clearing up a “snag” holding back hospitals from transferring recovered COVID-19 patients to the state’s second-largest recovery center set up...

Valley Baptist participating in clinical trials that may benefit COVID-19 patients

As health officials and local hospitals continue to manage an ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen is participating in a clinical...

Prosecutors: Texas man stole $1.6M in COVID-19 relief money

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Houston man bilked the government out of $1.6 million in COVID-19 business relief funding and spent some...

Private schools in Texas limit enrollment to reopen classrooms

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune While debate about how to safely reopen public schools in Texas raged through the summer, Kim Olstrup was preparing to...

State reports almost 9,200 new coronavirus cases, 245 deaths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials reported almost 9,200 confirmed new coronavius cases Tuesday as a convention center in the hard-hit Rio Grande...

Church members distribute produce to residents

HARLINGEN – In less than an hour, 240 boxes of food and 48 gallons of milk were handed out. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located at...

Cameron County hospitals sending patients to Casa de Amistad

HARLINGEN — Hospitals Tuesday afternoon were preparing to begin transferring recovered COVID-19 patients to Casa de Amistad, which Texas officials have transformed into one...

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...

City reports first employee death associated with the coronavirus

The City of Brownsville reported its first employee death, a 68-year-old man, associated with COVID-19 on Monday. To protect the family's privacy, the city will...

Like the Valley, virus ravages California county on border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, The Associated Press CALEXICO, Calif. — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has...

Texas medical board warns physicians who claim COVID-19 cure

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas board that licenses doctors has warned physicians that it could take action against anyone who falsely advertises a cure...

Lawmakers reconsider approach to virus after Texas Rep.’s diagnosis

By Paul Cobler The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON - Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are rethinking the way they operate following Texas...

Figuring out spending for schools, police in midst of pandemic

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Property valuations in Texas are supposed to be complete now that the July deadline has passed. The next step is...

Pandemic Care: Medical facilities stepping up to help hospitals

HARLINGEN — The skyrocketing rate of COVID-19 cases has flooded local hospitals to capacity, putting intense stress on rooms and medical professionals. The extreme need...

8 Willacy residents test positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found two girls among eight Willacy County residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving this rural...

Young adults in South Texas still make up majority of COVID-19 cases

Of the COVID-19 cases throughout most of Public Health Region 11, the majority of them continue to be among the younger population. Collected data shows...

Houston to enforce masks with fines; Texas deaths top 7,000

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor on Monday instructed police to begin issuing $250 fines for flouting statewide mask orders in hopes that August will...

Willacy officials: game rooms complying with COVID-19 orders

SEBASTIAN — For years, residents have worried the area’s eight-liner game rooms were breaking the law, bringing organized crime into this farming community some...

UTRGV to provide $1,000 cash grants to eligible students  

By Melissa Vasquez, UTRGV Staff To provide UTRGV students with even more financial support this coming semester, the university has revamped its Fall Relief Package to give all...

McAllen clinic one of 89 in US to begin COVID-19 vaccine trial

McALLEN — Inside an office just behind Valley Medical Art Clinic, a construction crew worked to add final touches to a workspace where clinicians,...

Community based fund created to aid Valley of Hurricane Hanna’s impact

On the day Hurricane Hanna made landfall in South Texas and left Rio Grande Valley communities flooded and hundreds of thousands without power, ABC’s...

New Guidelines San Benito police implement COVID-19 measures

SAN BENITO — In-person contact protocols have changed since COVID-19, especially for law enforcement. According to a press release by the San Benito Police Department,...