Top stories: Desperate migrant call, nursing home hot spots, high death rate

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SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Border Report’s California, El Paso region and South Texas correspondents share the top stories from along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Here are the headlines for June 25 from the Border Report team.

Immigration detainee makes desperate call for help from inside California facility 

A woman claiming to be a detainee at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in South San Diego, says she and others are being pepper-sprayed and handcuffed because they refused to sign liability waivers in exchange for facemasks. Her claims were recorded by the immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Read Salvador Rivera’s full report.

2 nursing homes account for all COVID-19 deaths, nearly half of all cases in South Texas county

Two South Texas nursing homes located just a few miles apart in the small border town of Harlingen have had nearly 100 cases of COVID-19 cases and three deaths, making the facilities a hot spot for the contagious virus, and accounting for nearly half of all cases in Cameron County to date. Read Sandra Sanchez’s full report.

Mexican border city reports 34% coronavirus death rate 

Juarez reported two additional COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to 16 during the pandemic. In addition, 29 patients remain hospitalized, seven of them in “very serious” condition and on ventilators. With only 47 confirmed cases of the disease, the death rate from the virus in this Mexican across the border from El Paso, Texas stands at 34%, compared to the worldwide rate of 6%. By contrast, El Paso has recorded 300 COVID-19 cases and only two fatalities. Read Julian Resendiz’s full report.

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