By Frank Cardenas
The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Kleberg County has only increased by one in a week, city and county officials announced on Monday afternoon.
Kleberg County and City of Kingsville officials said the 17th positive case of COVID-19 in the area is a man in his 30’s.
The case is confirmed to be community spread, officials said, and the man is now in isolation.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is now working in partnership with the man to conduct contact tracing to limit further transmission.
Last week, the Texas Military Department returned to Kingsville to conduct free COVID-19 testing for residents in Kleberg and surrounding counties.
A total of 83 tests were administered last Thursday, and the results for the tests are still being processed.
Testing continued at the Kleberg County and City of Kingsville Joint Regional Testing Site at Dick Kleberg Park on Wednesday and Thursday.
The total number of tests administered will be updated online at Kingsvillerecord.com, as they results were not available at press time.
On Monday, officials with the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Kingsville announced their plans to reopen more facilities at city parks, including a plan to reopen Dick Kleberg Park to the public.
Dick Kleberg Park will reopen on June 6 at 7:30 a.m. for walking and jogging, the use of the playground and the restrooms will be available for use.
The athletic fields will be available after June 10.
Neighborhood parks will also reopen on June 6 at 7:30 a.m.
The Flores Park splash pad will begin operations on June 13 with hours ranging from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
The Brookshire pool will also open on June 13, with limited hours to be announced, operating from Wednesday to Sunday.
All parks and facilities will have limited attendance, as officials said social distancing is still required while at the parks. Groups no larger than 10 may gather at the parks.
Officials said more details will be released as plans continue to be finalized.
Adventure camp for the Parks and Recreation department, taking place from June 16 to July 24, will begin registration on June 8. Details will be released at a later date.
“We are taking every precaution possible to provide safe and recreational spaces facilities and programming,” officials said in a statement on Monday. “Our staff will be working daily to clean and monitor social distancing. We ask that you take the lead in social distancing and plan your recreational time according to the rules we will be posting.”
Officials said “there is no guarantee,” that civilities will be “germ-free” after scheduled cleaning every day.