Brownsville schools, restaurants encourage mask-wearing as COVID-19 cases climb

1 year 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, August 10 2021 Aug 10, 2021 August 10, 2021 9:30 AM August 10, 2021 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 cases have been climbing in the Valley, and with many schools starting classes soon, some doctors are worried more unvaccinated people will be hospitalized.

“Just cause the state is not going to force people to do it, doesn’t mean it’s not right,” said Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo.

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Dr. Castillo is referring to the use of masks, challenging Gov. Greg Abbott's order preventing Texas school districts from mandating that students, teachers and visitors wear them.

"It’s a little scary for our parents and we certainly understand that,” said Brownsville ISD Superintendent Nellie Cantu.

Cantu says administrators are having further conversations about mask wearing on-campus, considering the Valley was once a hot-spot for infections and deaths last summer.

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“So we are encouraging—highly encouraging—everyone to wear a mask,” Cantu said.

The Delta variant is impacting people differently. Some doctors worry children could bring home the virus from school and infect their unvaccinated parents, affecting the community at-large.

Health officials continue to encourage the public to mask-up and get vaccinated.

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