Laguna Vista resident tests positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com 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 Public Health said all three …

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Cameron County confirms seventh case of COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A 40-year-old man from Rio Hondo has contracted novel coronavirus COVID-19, Cameron County Public Health announced late last night. The man is currently in self-isolation. The person did not travel outside of Cameron County, according to the release, meaning they likely acquired the virus inside the Rio Grande Valley. Cameron County, …

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Port of Brownsville considers delaying commissioner election

                          By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Brownsville Navigation District (BND), also known as the Port of Brownsville, is considering delaying their Navigation and Canal Commissioner election to November 3, a media release states. The current date of the election is May 2. The …

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Judge Treviño issues mandatory shelter-in-place order for Cameron County

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County becomes the latest area in Texas with a shelter-in-place order, starting Wednesday, March 25, at 12:01 a.m. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., issued the order during a March 23 press conference, hoping to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. The shelter-in-place order will last two weeks and …

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Former PIHS teacher describes life in China, Philippines during COVID-19 outbreak

                      By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Mike Hancock has been teaching at Huaihua University in Huaihua, Hunan Province, China since September 2019, just two months before the first case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 was confirmed in the country.  Hancock signed a year-long contract with the university …

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Laguna Vista names new city secretary

By Martha McClain Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials have named Ana Hernandez to serve as permanent city secretary. Town Council members last month named her as an interim in the position, after Alma Deckard resigned. The actions are a part of a reorganizing of the town’s top level personnel over the past few …

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Laguna Vista disaster declaration filed

By Martha McClain Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston this Tuesday signed a disaster declaration for the Town to help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) now affecting this country The public health emergency declaration, which is scheduled to expire in seven days, is not a cause for alarm or panic, Houston …

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Harlingen man tests positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com An 81-year-old Harlingen man has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the second confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Cameron County. Cameron County confirmed the case in a March 21 press release. The man traveled to Florida, the release says, but no date of travel is given. Cameron County Public Health …

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To slow COVID-19, Trump administration closes southern border to nonessential travel

By Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune March 20, 2020 www.texastribune.org Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. The country’s southern border will close to all nonessential travel and trade in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Trump administration announced Friday morning. The policy takes effect at midnight Friday. “Both …

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PI-ISD responds to state-issued school closure

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) students will not return to school until April 3, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide school closure on March 19. Abbott’s executive order to suspend schools statewide was one of several issued today as novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across Texas. Some …

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