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As Cameron County Public Health works with unaccompanied minor shelters and detention centers addressing the COVID-19 cases in their facilities, an additional 17 laboratory reports of COVID-19 from the facilities were reported to include:
The 32 cases reported today raises the total number of COVID-19 cases to 41,773 in Cameron County. There have also been an additional 83 individuals who have recovered, raising the total number of recovered individuals to 39,386.
Cameron County Public Health does not have any reports of COVID-19 related deaths of Cameron County residents for today. The current total number of COVID-19 deaths is 1,677.
Cameron County continues the vaccination efforts within our communities. As of today, 60.65% of the population 12 years and older in Cameron County is fully vaccinated and 72.98% has received at least one dose. In addition, 79.15% of the population 65 years and older in Cameron County is fully vaccinated and 87.74% has received at least one dose. For more information, please see the Texas Vaccine Data Dashboard on the Texas Department of State Health Services website at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/8b44716d/9mOv2P0S0EuZS0tW84uXjQ?u=https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx.
As part of the COVID-19 action response plan, Cameron County Public Health is conducting epidemiological investigations, contact tracing as needed and continues to monitor the situation.
Harlingen, Texas– Their sports seasons may be over, but it’s never too late to be recognized for a great season. The Harlingen South Lady Hawks Softball Team and the Harlingen Lady Cardinals Soccer Team were presented with recognition awards during the meeting of June 16, 2021.
Members of both teams joined their coaches at Harlingen City Hall for the special recognition.
The awards commend their winning seasons along with their good sportsmanship, hard work, a spirit of dedication, and outstanding accomplishments.
The Harlingen South Lady Hawks Softball Team under the direction of Head Coach, Elias Sandoval, is the 2020-2021 Region 4, 32-6A Co-District Champions, the Region 4, Bi-District Champions, and the Region 4, Area Finalists.
The South Lady Hawks Softball Team includes:
The Harlingen Lady Cardinals Soccer Team under the direction of Head Coach, Debra Galvan, is the 2020-2021 32-6A undefeated District Champions, Bi-District Champions, Area Finalists, and 11 of the 20 players were selected to the All-District Team.
The Cardinals Lady Soccer Team includes:
The City of Harlingen Congratulates both teams for their outstanding accomplishments.
South Lady Hawks Softball Team
Harlingen Lady Cardinals Soccer Team
HARLINGEN, Texas–Students from Texas A&M Kingsville’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute have chosen Harlingen to conduct an Urban Ecology Study of the Texas Tortoise and you may be able to help. They are concentrating their efforts along the Arroyo Colorado within the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park.
The goal is to get a better understanding of their life along the Arroyo. Of the four species of tortoises found in North America, the Texas Tortoise is the only one found in Texas. It is also the smallest reaching lengths of about 8 ½ inches.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department describes them as primarily vegetarian and a very docile reptile.
You can identify a Texas Tortoise by the yellowish-orange plates on its upper shell. Their hind legs are also very distinctive. They’re described as being cylindrical and columnar, like elephant legs.
A&M is seeking the community’s help in finding them. Anyone interested in helping can call Autumn either by texting or calling (956)320-0275.
It’s important to note that they are considered a threatened species and therefore protected by state law. While a Texas Tortoise can live about 60 years, it does not reach breeding age until 15 years and on top of that, they only lay eggs once or twice a year with an average of three eggs at a time and the survival rate is very low.
Photo courtesy Texas A&M Kingsville Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
HARLINGEN, Texas–Registered voters in District 4 who want or need to vote early can do so today, Tuesday, June 15. The City Hall voting location will be open 8-8.
Election Day is June 19 and on this day, voters in precincts 41, 103, and 104 will cast their ballot at Bowie Elementary which is located at 309 West Lincoln while voters in precincts 39 and 78 will cast their ballots at Jefferson Elementary located at 601 J. Street. The polls are open from 7-7 on Election Day.
The run-off is needed to determine a winner in the race for Harlingen City Commissioner District 4 since none of the four candidates of the May 1 City Municipal General Election received a simple majority of votes.
This time around, voters are choosing between Basilio “Chino” Sanchez and Frank Morales who were the top two vote-getters.
This coming week, you may notice police vehicles from all over the state. That's because they'll be here to participate in the Texas Police Games. This year, the Harlingen Police Department and the South Padre Island Police Department are hosting the event. The Texas Police Games are organized by the Texas Police Athletic Federation.The games will start on June 13 and will end on June 19.
The Texas Police Games are conducted annually and are open to all sworn peace officers, local, state, and federal agencies. The first Texas Police Olympics were held in Dallas, Texas in 1977 with a participation of over 250. Each year the Games have grown with participation now at well over 1200. The hosting cities for the Texas Police Games have ranged from far West Texas to East Texas, from North Texas to South Texas.
Several events will be held in Harlingen such as Flag Football, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Track & Field, Crossfit, Golf, and many more. We look forward to meeting and competing against agencies from all over Texas.
The City of Harlingen wishes everyone lots of luck.
HARLINGEN, Texas– The City of Harlingen announces that vaccines will now be available through the Health Department located at 502 East Tyler. Area residents that got the first dose of Moderna on May 14 or Pfizer on May 15 or 21 are now due for their second dose.
Second doses will be administered Friday, June 11 between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lon C. Hill Building. The Vaccine Cards are needed to get the second dose.
People interested in getting the first dose of either vaccine can call (956) 216-5220 to make an appointment.
The Harlingen Health Department is located in the Lon C. Hill Building at 502 East Tyler.
HARLINGEN, Texas–For three months, Santa Maria ISD senior, Erick Castellanos shadowed City Engineer Andy Vigstol and Assistant City Engineer, Kimberly Salinas. It was part of a mentoring program at his high school to get hands-on experience on a job he hopes becomes his career.
Erick wants to be a land surveyor and is grateful to get an insight into what lays ahead once he earns an engineering degree at Texas A&M Kingsville.
Today, he and his mentoring teacher Ms. Deborah Van presented Vigstol and Salinas with a plaque as a small token of appreciation for the opportunity to learn more about his chosen profession.
Commissioner Ruben De La Rosa, an educator by trade, was also present to thank the Engineering staff for providing these types of learning opportunities.
(Pictured L-R Commissioner Ruben De La Rosa, Andy Vigstol, Erick Castellanos, and Kimberly Salinas)
(L-R Andy Vigstol, Erick Castellanos, & Kimberly Salinas)