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Starr County reports first new COVID-19 case in 3 weeks

After 21 days without a new COVID-19 case, Starr County officials confirmed a new case of the contagious virus.

Starr County Health Authority Dr. Jose Vasquez confirmed an eight case of the virus Monday

“We were today on Day 22 without  a case, so for the previous 21 days we have not had a case, we are confirming today we have a new case in Starr County,” Vasquez said.

The patient is a male who had been in quarantine since before he had been tested on Thursday and officials will contact him to ensure he remains in quarantine, Vasquez said, adding that this was a travel-related case and not a sign of community spread in the county.

“He was on the east coast before he got home and felt sick and went into self-isolation so he was not even in Texas when he got it,” Vasquez said.

The patient is a Rio Grande City resident, Vasquez said.

The county had seven prior COVID-19 cases that were all cleared earlier this month, Vasquez said.

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