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In a story published last week in The Advance, it was reported that six local fire fighters were in a 14- day quarantine after one of the six came into contact with a close family member related to a 15-year-old teen who later tested positive for COVID-19. The contact came during an emergency call to the patient’s home – trouble breathing. Good news for the fire fighters. The tests for all six came back negative, and they were able to return home. Currently, when someone tests positive in a Valley city, the only information the city receives back from county health officials is the age of the infected person, the gender, and whether the virus was contracted after traveling to another location, or through community spread. In other words, they had stayed in Hidalgo County, but had caught the virus from an infected person already here, AKA, community spread. ...

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