Update on COVID-19 cases in Duval and Jim Wells Counties

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal
Jim Wells County Judge Juan Rodriguez and commissioners voted Tuesday to not make face masks mandatory due to the majority of residents have heeded the volunteer wear of face masks.

Duval County Judge Gilbert Saenz and Duval County Emergency Management Coordinator Sally Lichtenberger confirmed on Monday, April 13 that a man from Freer has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is the first case for Duval County.

The man is between the ages of 65 and 70. He is at his residence quarantined and isolated.

County Judge Saenz did not know if the case was travel related or community related. The investigation by the State Health Department is ongoing.

“We must continue to work together to make sure and prevent the spread (of the virus) and that to continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and State Health Department,” Saenz said.

Jim Wells County has had two positive cases in the county; one in Orange Grove and one in Alice.

JWC Judge Juan Rodriguez asked the county residences to wear masks and practice social distancing along with CDC guidelines.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez and commissioners decided that because the residents of the county have done an excellent job in following the volunteer orders on face masks that, at this time, they do not need to make the face masks mandatory.

The judge and the commissioners asked that everyone continue to follow guidelines, use face masks, follow guidelines and use common sense when out in the community.