Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid extended the county’s Face Covering Order for another 30 days, as COVID-19 cases in the county continue to climb. During Monday’s Kleberg County Commissioners meeting, Madrid said because cases over the weekend were more than the amount in the county over the last two months, extending the order “is in the best interest of the community.”

The order, which was originally set to end on July 2, will now run until July 29 at 11:59 p.m. “unless extended, modified, or terminated.” The order will also adhere to Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest Executive Order, which closed all Texas bars and limited capacity for dine-in restaurants to 50 percent.

The order also shutdown rafting and tubing businesses, and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions. From June 24 until Tuesday morning, 34 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kleberg County, officials said.

The additional cases sets the active count of cases at 47 in the county, and a total of 66 cases thus far since the first reported case in March. The latest cases include: One 10-year-old boy, two teen boys, one teen girl, five men in their 20s, three women in their 20s, four women in their 30s, six men in their 30s, two men in their 40s, two women in their 40s, two men in their 50s, three women in their 50s, one man in his 60s, one woman in her 70s and one woman in her 80s.

There have been 20 cases removed from isolation, and one death from COVID-19 in the county.

The Texas Military Department will conduct free testing this weekend at the J.K. Northway Exposition Center from July 4-6. Testing on July 4 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on July 5 and 6 will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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