Has There Been A Disproportionate Number Of COVID-19 Deaths In The Rio Grande Valley?

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By Brandon Mulder, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio story produced by Alexandra HartOctober 21, 2020 10:49 am, , ,

From PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman:

COVID-19 Fatalities In The Rio Grande Valley Double The State Average

Douglas Emhoff, husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, joined Democratic leaders in the Rio Grande Valley this month helping to boost the Biden campaign among Latino voters.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, was among the Democratic contingent, and in remarks introducing Emhoff, Gonzalez highlighted the region’s most pressing issue: the coronavirus.

“The Rio Grande Valley is 4.7% of the entire state population, but it represents 17% of the deaths of our state. And that’s due to the lack of leadership that we have at the top of the ticket, and only we can change that,” Gonzalez said according to The (McAllen) Monitor.

Gonzalez’s office did not return a request for comment seeking the source of these figures, but crunching numbers posted by the Texas Department of State Health Services show that the four counties that comprise the Rio Grande Valley — Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy — do represent a significantly disproportionate number of COVID-19 fatalities…

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