Five UTRGV nursing professors volunteered during the spring and summer months at the UT Health RGV COVID-19 Patient Call Center in Harlingen, answering calls from frightened people, asking key questions and processing critical information.

Five UTRGV School of Nursing professors volunteered during the spring and summer months at the UT Health RGV COVID-19 Patient Call Center in Harlingen

The threat of COVID-19 continues to grow in Texas, and while everyone should practice utmost safety, people who have underlying conditions have to be even more careful because they can face more dire complications if infected.

Dr. Lyssa Ochoa with her father (at left) Ricardo Ochoa, of Palmview, and husband Carl Negley.

Daniela Garza is a powerhouse. At the age of 30 she is already a practicing physician assistant with UT Health RGV and has just completed her doctoral degree in medical science as well.

Daniela Garza, a graduate of the UTRGV College of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant program, has been working with UT Health RGV and the School of Medicine at the university’s four drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites, one each in Edinburg, Mercedes, Harlingen and Brownsville. (UTRGV Photo by Jenny Galindo)

Under the blazing South Texas sun, Dr. Linda Nelson and her team can be seen swathed in hair covers … goggles … face shields … gowns … double gloves … shoe covers … and the N-95 masks that are covered by yet another ear-loop mask to block smaller particles.

Dr. Linda Nelson