EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is saddened to report the death of a Mexican national on Monday morning in a South Texas hospital.
On July 18, 2020, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande City station apprehended an adult Mexican national male who informed agents he felt ill and believed he had a fever. Agents rendered aid and transported the man to a local hospital directly from the field encounter location. Medical personnel determined the man was positive for COVID-19 and experiencing symptoms related to the virus. Days after being admitted, medical staff determined the man had a low oxygen saturation that required sedation and placement on a ventilator. On August 24, 2020, the man passed away. The Mexican consulate was notified of the man’s passing and will assist in notifying the family.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.