Cameron County rise in COVID-19 cases are in migrant detention centers

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Cameron County had a rise in COVID-19 cases, but those didn’t come from residents, the majority of the cases have been in unaccompanied migrant minors, who are being transferred to the detention center, however, these cases are not spreading within the community.

The county reported that 184 children tested positive for the virus this past weekend. 116 of those positive cases were from the age range of 10 to 19. 

Cameron County’s health administrator Esmeralda Guajardo said out of that figure, 37 cases tested positive in the city of Brownsville, and 56 were from Los Fresnos.

“If they’re testing individuals when they’re coming through, and they’re positive, they have to report it to us because we are the local health department,” said Guajardo.  

Guajardo said it is unknown if the minors are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine within the detention centers, and still urges the public to continue with health-safety precautions.

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