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Two Port Isabel residents test positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two 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 …

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Strunk set program on right path

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS He was only here for two years, but if any football coach that Port Isabel High has ever had put the program back on the path to playoff contention it is Jason Strunk. He arrived in Port Isabel with his family that summer of 2018, weeks after the …

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Creatures Among Us: The Painted Bunting—a Joy to Birders

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PRESS Painted buntings don’t know about the coronavirus.   Oblivious to our fears and “shelter in place” orders, they, along with other exhausted, migrating birds, are stopping in South Texas in April and early May to rest and feed before flying northward, where they will merrily mate and nest. …

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PIPD increasing shelter-in-place order enforcement

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By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Like many police departments across Cameron County, Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) began increasing enforcement of Cameron County’s shelter-in-place order on Monday, March 30, trying to curb the amount of traffic in Port Isabel and South Padre Island.  PIPD will now be randomly stopping cars in Port Isabel, asking where they …

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With school closures extended, PI-ISD modifies response programs

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD), now with all of its campuses closed for another month, is making changes to its response programs as novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads throughout Texas.  Texas Governor Abbott extended a previous executive order closing all Texas schools to May 4. Abbott’s initial executive order closed all …

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Editorial: Cameron County consolidates carelessly

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel-South Padre Press and our sister publication, the San Benito News, have been reporting the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads throughout the Rio Grande Valley, namely on the precautions Cameron County, San Benito, Laguna Vista, Port Isabel and South Padre Island have taken. Both newsrooms are dependent …

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Port Isabel mayor issues more travel restrictions

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Starting this afternoon, at 5:00 p.m., the City of Port Isabel has several new restrictions, in an added measure declared by Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora to prevent residents from congregating amid the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic. The following restrictions are in effect until April 9 (April 8, 11:59 p.m.). New …

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PI’s Strunk accepts athletic director position at Pennsylvania high school

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS Jason Strunk, Port Isabel High School’s (PIHS) head football coach and athletic director since 2018, is now the Athletic Director at 6A Manheim Township High School, located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Strunk’s last day with the district was today, Tuesday, March 31.   “I have spent 25 years …

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Abbott orders Texas schools to remain closed until May 4

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended a previous executive order, closing all Texas schools until May 4, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, in an executive order Abbott made on March 19, schools were to remain closed until April 4, along with gyms, bars, in-room dining in restaurants, hair salons …

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Stores, restaurants continue supplying goods amid COVID-19 fears

By Angie Gamez Special to the Press Local grocery store managers and employees have worked tirelessly to stock groceries and merchandise and thoroughly clean their stores, floors, and shopping carts during store closure hours. They have all dealt with the logistics of providing and placing limits on high demand products.  Large sections of shelves are …

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