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Beach curfew going into effect immediately until July 11 for Nueces County

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said tomorrow a mask order will be in effect. You don't have to wear a mask when eating, drinking, exercising outside or driving.

NUECES COUNTY, Texas — Effective immediately, all beaches within Nueces County will have a curfew from now until July 11 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Vehicular access will be prohibited from July 3 at 6 a.m. to July 7 at 6 a.m. This includes golf carts and all terrain vehicles.

RV Parks at IB Magee and Padre Balli Park will remain open for campers, but no one will be allowed to drive on the beach.

The City of Corpus Christi will also be closing beaches by the bay and eight regional parks from Friday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 7.

  • North Beach
  • McGee Beach
  • Bill Witt
  • West Guth
  • Salinas Park
  • Water's Edge
  • Cole Park
  • Labonte Park
  • Lakeview Park
  • Parker Park
Nueces County Beach Orders: Effective immediately all beaches within NuecesCo will have a curfew from now until July 11, Hours 8 pm to 6 am daily. Vehicular access prohibited from July 3 at 6 am...
  • Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said tomorrow a mask order will be in effect. You don't have to wear a mask when eating, drinking, exercising outside or driving.
  • Concrete Street Amphitheater will be a testing site on July 2 at 6:30 a.m. A reverse alert message will go out. Sign up for emergency notifications here. 
  • 274 new coronavirus cases is the new high for Nueces County even as no drive-thru testing event occurred today. City Manager Peter Zanoni said there was a testing site on the island from the National Guard, but none of those results are back yet. 
  • Over the past 7 days, Nueces County has over 1,500 cases and is averaging about 510 tests a day.
  • Of the 2,394 cases, 2,114 are active in our community. The active cases are outpacing the 272 recovered. About 90% are still active.
  • Hospitalized patients - 105.
  • ICU - 33. 
  • Nursing staff is also short. The city has been receiving travel nurses, saying other counties in Texas are requesting the same.
  • Beginning Wednesday, July 1 at 11:59 p.m. elective surgeries in Nueces, Hildalgo and Webb Counties are suspended.

Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez had three take home points today:

  • Stay home if you're sick, positive for COVID-19, or vulnerable, meaning you are over the age of 65 or if you have any underlying health conditions, regardless of age.
  • If exposed to someone with COVID-19 -- you're required to quarantine for 14 days. Otherwise, you could be spreading the virus.
  • Employers, if you have someone who has COVID-19, send them home for at least 14 days.

The county is still low on nucleic acid which is used to determine if you've tested negative or positive.

When should you go to the hospital if you're positive for COVID-19? Rodriguez said only go if you're COVID-19 positive and are having severe issues with shortness of breath. 

For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.

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