LOCAL COVID-19 LIVE BLOG: 7-6 - 7/12

Posted at 12:38 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 11:19:17-04

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 previously 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.

Daily updates will continue to be provided via press releases and be updated here in our live blog and on

7/12 updates:

4:47 p.m. - Nueces County reports 209 new COVID-19 cases as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

4:17 p.m. - The Corpus Christi and Nueces County Public Health District reports four new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday.

The patients were 2 males and 2 females in their sixties with comorbidities consisting of hypertension, diabetes, and thyroid disorder.

7/11 updates:

Brooks County reports 4 new COVID-19 cases. They now have 41 total cases.

Refugio County reports 8 new COVID-19 cases. They now have 51 new cases.

11 p.m. - Jim Wells County reports 10 additional COVID-19 cases. According to officials, no cases were removed from isolation.

4:55 p.m. - Nueces County reports 293 new COVID-19 cases in the county. Read the full story here.

4:50 p.m. - The Corpus Christi and Nueces County Public Health District has reported an additional eight COVID-19 related deaths. Read the full story here.

3:`15 p.m. - Jim Hogg County reports no new cases and two new recoveries from the coronavirus Saturday.
The county has 32 positive cases, of which 16 have recovered and 16 remain active.

7/10 updates:

9:17 p.m. - Kleberg County is reporting 14 new cases Friday, bringing its total of reported cases to 159. It has 97 active cases.

8:24 p.m. - Refugio county reported one new case on Friday for a total of 43 reported cases. Of those, 26 are active and 17 have recovered.

4:35 p.m. - Nueces County is reporting 412 new cases for a total of 5,672 total reported cases since March. Five deaths in total were reported Friday; 525 patients have recovered.

2:45 p.m. - San Patricio County is reporting 26 new cases Friday for a total of 310 reported cases. Of its patients, 156 are considered to have recovered and two have been hospitalized.

12:10 p.m. - Nueces County health officials announced COVID-19 has claimed its first infant victim locally. He was younger than six months old. His death brings the county's total COVID-19 death toll to 39.

11:52 a.m. - Jim Wells County reported 18 new cases on Friday.

11:24 a.m. - Bee County reports 18 new cases for Friday for a total of 135. Sixty of those cases are active and 38 patients have recovered.

8:39 a.m. - Brooks County reported 11 new cases late Thursday night, which brings its reported total number to 35.

7:22 a.m. - Jim Hogg Co. is reporting five cases of COVID-19, bringing its total confirmed cases to 32. Eighteen of those cases are active, while 14 are considered to have recovered. Duval County has four new cases for a total of 74. Forty-seven of those cases are considered active, while 27 patients have recovered.

7/9 updates:
9:06 p.m. - Kleberg Co. is reporting 34 new cases, which reportedly is the county's single-day high for cases. Its total reported number of cases is now 145, and 86 cases are considered active.

8:25 p.m. - Nueces Co. is reporting a third death Thursday night. This most recent death brings the total to 38.

4:49 p.m. - Nueces Co. reports 343 new cases Thursday and two additional deaths. There have been 37 COVID-19-related deaths in the county. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county is now 5,260, and 493 are considered to have recovered.

4:03 p.m. - Aransas Co. announced 3 additional cases of COVID-19. It now has 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

3:55 p.m. - San Patricio Co. is reporting 17 additional cases of COVID-19. It now has 284 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 138 recovered patients.

7:42 a.m. - Jim Hogg Co. is reporting two new cases for a total of 27. Fourteen people have recovered and 13 cases are active.

7:40 a.m. - Duval County reported five new cases Thursday for a total of 70 confirmed cases.

7/8 updates:
11:11 p.m. - Jim Wells Co. is reporting 12 additional cases Wednesday.

8:45 p.m. - Mayor Sam Fugate and Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid report 5 new cases for the county making 58 active cases. Officials say one of the new cases "involves an infant."

8:44 p.m. - Brooks County confirms 11 new cases for a total of 29 confirmed cases.

8:09 p.m. - Refugio County reports two new positive COVID-19 cases in Refugio County. It has 25 active cases.

5:03 p.m. - Nueces Co. is reporting 445 new cases Wednesday, a new single-day record for the county. It has now has a total of 4,917 confirmed cases; 463 of those patients have recovered. Of the current cases, 369 are hospitalized and 103 are in ICU.

4:59 p.m. Nueces Co. has announced eight additional deaths Wednesday, bring the total death toll to 35.

The patients reportedly are four men and four women, one in their 20s, and the ranging in ages from 50s-80s, and underlying conditions include liver disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

3:15 p.m. - San Patricio County is reporting 25 additional cases of COVID-19. It now has 267 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 111 recovered patients.

9:15 a.m. - Duval County is reporting two more additional cases of COVID-19. Duval County now has 65 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

9 a.m. - Jim Hogg County is reporting one additional case of the COVID-19 virus. They now have a total of 25 cases, with 14 recovered.

7/7 updates:

8:13 p.m. - Brooks County reports 7 new cases, 18 total.

4:44 p.m. - Nueces Co. is reporting a total of 388 new cases Tuesday. Of the 4,472 cases reported in total, 449 have recovered. Hospitals are treating 285 patients, with 88 currently in ICU.

4:40 p.m. - Aransas Co. is reporting nine new cases, for a total of 44 reported cases. Of those, 11 patients have recovered.

4:20 p.m. - Nueces Co. is reporting a total of eight COVID-19-related deaths as of Tuesday afternoon. Five deaths were reported earlier Tuesday, and three more have been added to Tuesday's toll. This brings the county's COVID-19 death count to 27 patients.

2:15 p.m. - San Patricio Co. reported 38 new cases Tuesday, bringing its total number of reported cases to 242.

9:45 a.m. - Jim Wells County reported 10 new COVID cases, bringing the county's confirmed total to 218. County officials also announced that four others have been released from isolation, as of Saturday.

9:24 a.m. - Jim Hogg county officials announced that 24 COVID cases have been announced there during the pandemic. Fourteen of the cases have recovered, but 10 others remain active.

9:08 a.m. - Six new COVID cases have been diagnosed in Bee County, pushing the total to 91 during the pandemic.

7/6 updates:
9:39 p.m. - A woman in her 80s became the most recent COVID-19-related death in Nueces Co. late Monday. She reportedly was hospitalized in mid-June, was released, and was readmitted in July. She suffered from underlying medical conditions including coronary artery disease, hypertension and anemia.

5:39 p.m. - Jim Hogg County extends county-wide curfew. The curfew is from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5 a.m. for Friday and Saturday.

Violators could face a $500 fine. Essential workers traveling to or from work are exempt with a note from their employer.

5:25 p.m. - Nueces Co.-Corpus Christi Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez expressed her frustration during Monday's briefing that some still don't regularly wear masks in public, saying it is a large part of why hospitals are overburdened with COVID-19 patients, and why the virus has spread so quickly throughout the county.

She said social distancing and mask-wearing and limiting your time in public are simple requests officials have asked of the public to help stop the spread.

"These are not difficult things to do," she said. "If we aren't doing them, maybe we don't understand how germs spread. Or maybe we're just lazy. Or maybe, we simply don't care. I wanna believe we just don't know how germs are spread," giving an example of how germs can spread from one person to another.

5:19 p.m. - Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni said 3,000 people are on the waiting list to be tested for COVID-19 in Nueces Co. during Monday's daily city-county joint news conference; 200 of those people are scheduled to be tested Tuesday.

4:44 p.m. - Nueces Co. is reporting 288 new cases on Monday, giving the county a total of 4,084 reported cases since March. Of those cases, 449 patients have recovered.

3:24 p.m. - Aransas County reports 35 total cases Monday.

2:24 p.m. - San Patricio Public Health Preparedness Manager Clara Rieder reports seventeen new cases Monday. The county’s confirmed COVID-19 case count is now 204 with 127 active cases. Nine people have been released from COVID-19 protocol.

12:30 p.m. - Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez has confirmed that the State-Supported Living Center now has 103 cases; 66 are employees and 37 are residents.

11:53 a.m. - The Corpus Christi-Nueces Public Health District has received confirmation of the 18th death of a Nueces County resident due to COVID-19.

Officials state the deceased is a male patient in-between the age of 20-29 years old and was hospitalized in late-June. Read the full story here.

10:00 a.m. - Duval, Jim Hogg , and Bee County cases continue to rise. Jim Hogg County is reporting 22 cases this morning. They have 13 recovered and nine currently active. Duval County reports they have 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 54 cases are active. Bee County added 30 additional covid-19 cases. They have 65 confirmed COVID-10 cases and are reporting 23 are active.

A link to the previous LIVE BLOG is right here.