COVID-19

The total number of Kleberg County positive COVID-19 cases eclipsed 300 over the last week, as more individuals continue to be removed from isolation.

A total of 86 individuals were removed from isolation from July 21 to Monday, bringing the total number of cases removed from isolation to 221.

Officials also said that two more individuals have since died in that time frame, bringing the number of deaths in Kleberg County to three.

There are now 311 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Kleberg County, with 89 active cases as of Tuesday morning.

Leading into the final week in the month of July, a record 241 cases have been announced in Kleberg County.

That’s the most cases reported in a single month since Kleberg County began reporting cases, and is larger than all other months from March to June combined.

“We continue to work diligently day-in and day-out with Region 11 Health Department to ensure, and reinforce, accurate accountability of all cases being reported to Kleberg County immediately upon any individual reporting positive for COVID-19,” Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid said in a statement. “They have re-assured us that they are working with area hospitals and physicians to ensure that any COVID-19 related deaths are being investigated and confirmed so that the state can properly report them to us.”

Madrid urged all Kleberg County residents to remain vigilant. 

 “Let’s not let our guard down. Please continue to adhere to all safety measures being recommended by both county state and governmental agencies! God Bless.” Kingsville City Manager Mark McLaughlin echoed that sentiment.  “The City of Kingsville remains in constant communication with Judge Madrid and Kleberg County staff to gather statistics on the prevalence of cases in Kingsville and the surrounding communities that impact our city,” McLaughlin said. “We are fortunate that last few days have shown a decline in active COVID-19 cases, but we must continue to follow all safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Texas DSHS and Governor Greg Abbott in order to limit further spread, protect those most vulnerable in our community and prevent deaths that impact us all.”

Officials said the City of Kingsville will keep the Brookshire Pool, the Flores Park Splash Pad and all playgrounds and park restrooms closed until further notice.

The Kleberg County portion of North Padre Island is closed to traffic through August 1, unless amended by Madrid.

Pedestrians are allowed on the beach to walk, jog and exercise except during curfew hours which are from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. This does not impact Baffin Bay or Loyola Beach.

Free testing by the Texas Military Department took place at the JK Northway Exposition Center on July 27 and 28.

On Monday, a total of 222 tests were administered to individuals in the area.

The tests are oral swab PCR tests and will take 5-10 days to be evaluated, and officials will share information about more possible positive cases from the testing site when the information is available.

Updated testing numbers for Tuesday will be available online at Kingsvillerecord.com.

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