The Kleberg County count of positive cases of COVID-19 reached 16 as of Tuesday, with 11 cases now released from isolation.

Last Thursday, Kleberg County and City of Kingsville officials announced the 15th positive case of COVID-19 as a man in his 20’s was in close contact with an individual who was previously confirmed as a positive case.

The 16th case is a community spread case and is a woman who is in her later 70’s, officials said.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Region 11 personnel are monitoring both the man and the woman as of Tuesday.

Kleberg County had two probable cases of COVID-19 that were not added to the count because they were not confirmed positive cases.

However, officials said the two probable cases have been released from isolation, making it an overall total of 13 cases removed from isolation in the area.

The county now has only four active positive cases of COVID-19 in the area, and Region 11 personnel are conducting contact tracing with all individuals to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Kleberg County still only has one death due to COVID-19.

The Texas Military Department will be returning to the Kleberg County and City of Kingsville Joint Regional Testing Site at Dick Kleberg Park today, May 28.

An update on those testing numbers will be posted online at kingsvillerecord.com.

In a statement posted on Monday, officials said the risk of COVID-19 “remains a concern in our community.”

“Please continue to practice social distancing to the best extent possible and frequently wash your hands,” officials said in the statement. “(Gov. Greg Abbott) and both (Kleberg) County Judge (Rudy) Madrid and Mayo (Sam) Fugate highly recommend you waer a mask when in public and social distancing cannot be practiced.”

City and county buildings are open by appointment only, and all parks run by both entities will remain open with safety precautions, officials said.

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