LOCAL COVID-19 BLOG: 4/13 - 4/19

Posted at 11:48 AM, Apr 13, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Here's the place to come for the latest coronavirus-related news from the Coastal Bend. Check here often throughout the day for updates about our area and its response to this extraordinary, life-changing event.

You will find the latest information at the top of the story and all previous reported information below. We hope that including all these reports in one place will paint a more complete picture of the local response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

4/19/20 updates:

5 p.m. - No new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nueces County. No new tests were administered today in Nueces Co.

4/18/20 updates:

4:19 p.m. - Nueces County confirms 1 new COVID-19 case.

3:49 p.m.. - No new cases in San Patricio County. This means there are 7 active cases in the county with the 4 recoveries.

1:48 p.m. - Kleberg County and the city of Kingsville confirmed one new COVID-19 case in Kingsville.

4/17/20 updates:
4:30 p.m. - Nueces County reports 2 new cases for Friday. County now at 89 cases of COVID-19.

2:47 p.m. - Clara Rieder, Public Health Preparedness Manager, reports one new case of COVID-19. With 96 conducted tests, that brings the total known cases to 11 for San Patricio County. The case isn't serious enough to require hospitalization but the person is in isolation. Is is said to be a "travel/known close contact" case. Officials say, the immediate risk of transmission in the county remains minimal.

12:22 p.m. - Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. He also announced the start of a plan to slowly re-open the Texas economy. See the full announcement here.

4/16/20 updates:

4:45 p.m. - Nueces County reports 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 87. Since yesterday, Nueces Co. reports 2 more patients recovered from the virus.

4:23 p.m. - Kleberg County Reports 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

4:09 p.m.. - Bee County has announced two additional positive COVID-19 cases. The cases are a man in his 40's and woman in her 70's. They are being investigated by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The total number of reported cases in Bee County is now 5.

3:02 p.m. - Clara Rieder, Public Health Preparedness Manager, reports no new cases of COVID-19 in San Patricio County. The number of cases remains at 10.

Officials say the immediate risk of transmission in the County remains minimal. So far, 96 tests have been adminsitered in the county.

4/15/20 updates:

4:30 p.m. - No new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Nueces County, keeping the overall number as of Wednesday to 83. There have been no deaths attributable to COVID-19 in Corpus Christi.

4:00 p.m. - Reports from San Patricio and Bee County today indicate that both have recorded no new COVID-19 cases since their last reports.

1:15 p.m. - One additional confirmed COVID-19 case has been detected in Kingsville. It brings the Kleberg County COVID-19 case count to three.

4/14/20 updates:

4:53 p.m. - Bob Hall Pier has re-opened for public usageand will remain that way as long as social distancing rules are obeyed, Nueces Co. Director of Coastal Parks Scott Cross said.

4:30 p.m. - Four new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Nueces County, pushing the overall number as of Tuesday to 83. There have been no deaths attributable to COVID-19 in Corpus Christi.

11:03 a.m. - The Corpus Christi Independent School District has released contingency graduation plans for its six high schools, in case the Class of 2020 doesn't graduate as scheduled next month.

4/13/20 updates:

7:50 p.m. - A joint announcement from Kleberg County and the City of Kingsville revealed the first reported COVID-19 death in the Coastal Bend. It was a Kingsville man.

5:25 p.m. - Among specifics that were released at the city/county joint coronavirus report today included:

  • Of the three new cases. two of the cases are from Port Aransas. The other case is a Corpus Christi resident.
  • Of the 79 cases reported in Corpus Christi, eight have full recovered.
  • Officials say that those who have recovered are good to return to work and be in the community.
  • Since they started tracking COVID-19 cases, 17 people were hospitalized. 13 have since been released.

5:05 p.m. Duval County is reporting its first COVID-19 case. Duval county includes Benavides, San Diego and Freer.

4:35 p.m. - Three new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Nueces County, pushing the overall number to 79. Of that total, 41 are male (52 percent and 38 are female (48 percent). There have been no local deaths attributable to COVID-19.

3:45 p..m. - Three new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in San Patricio County, pushing the total there to 10.

3:30 p.m. - Stocks were down broadly on Wall Street on Monday, erasing some of the big gains notched last week in the stock market's best week since 1974.

11:30 a.m. - Gov. Greg Abbott announces a $50 million package for small businesses from Goldman Sachs during a Monday morning press conference in Austin.

Check out the link to our previous live blog that documents local COVID-19 related news all the way back to the beginning of March. Click here to access that.