Detention center outbreak fuels surge in Frio County COVID-19 cases

Frio County officials reported another confirmed case of the coronavirus COVID-19 on Monday, May 4, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 10.

Eight of the 10 cases are associated with an outbreak of the virus at the South Texas Detention Complex (STDC), a privately-run facility in Pearsall that detains people on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The patient in the tenth case is a detainee who is currently hospitalized in Bexar County.

A Frio County press release stated that the Texas Department of State Health Services is assisting the detention complex with infection control as well as helping to identify and monitor those who came in close contact with the patients.

Frio County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was announced on April 7. The second and third cases, the first with a connection to the STDC, were announced on April 24.

Four more cases were announced on April 27. The fourth case is a Dilley resident who contracted the virus through community spread and was in isolation at home as of last week.

The patients in the fifth, sixth, and seventh cases are STDC detainees who were put into isolation.

The eighth case, announced on May 1, is also associated with the STDC. That patient is hospitalized in Bexar County.

The ninth case was announced on May 2. That patient, also associated with the STDC, is in isolation.

By Marly Davis

Staff Writer

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