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Despite warnings about the coronavirus, South Padre Island beaches packed on Fourth of July weekend

1 month 2 days 3 hours ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 July 05, 2020 8:27 AM July 05, 2020 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

Dire warnings from doctors, county judges and health experts apparently didn't impress thousands of people who packed South Padre Island beaches on Saturday.

Cameron County beach accesses were closed, but city beaches remained open.

The city required umbrellas to be 15 feet apart and limited the number of chairs under each umbrella.

Dr. Jose E. Campo Maldonado, an expert on infectious diseases at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said the situation concerned him.

"When I see this, I am really feeling like this is not a good thing — this is something that is going to end up in a lot of cases," Maldonado said.

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