22 die, 1,248 new virus cases in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County announced 22 additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, while another 1,248 people tested positive for the virus. The 22 deaths raise the total number of fatalities to 240 in the county. The new cases raise the total number of positive cases to 10,492.  “I am deeply saddened by the loss of 22 people from our community. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “To those currently battling this disease and who are at home, I urge you to remain quarantined so that you may not infect a loved one or anyone in our community.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Rio Grande Valley virus death toll tops 1,000

The Rio Grande Valley has surpassed a grim milestone after exceeding 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday evening. The Valley’s virus death toll is now at 1,073. This comes after Hidalgo County suffered 45 additional COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, raising the toll there to 727. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo Co. issues social gatherings limit, curfew

Hidalgo County announced Thursday that a total of 210 people have tested positive for coronavirus, continuing a trend of several hundred cases reported in recent days but 163 less than the previous day. The 210 new cases come on the same day that Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez signed an order limiting social gatherings in the county to 10 people or less and implementing a curfew in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley’s coronavirus death toll at 112

Hidalgo County officials confirmed three additional fatalities from coronavirus-related complications Wednesday along with 270 new positive cases. The new deaths, men from McAllen, San Juan and Mission, bring the total death toll here to 49. The new positive cases bring the total to 4,252. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hotel bribery case on hold; Attorney might have a conflict of interest

The federal bribery case against a McAllen hotelier is on hold pending concerns that his defense attorney may have a conflict of interest in continuing to represent him. Hotel owner and operator Sunil Wadhwani appeared in federal court Monday afternoon for what should have been a final pretrial conference before jury selection was slated to begin Tuesday; however, the case was temporarily derailed after federal prosecutors raised conflict concerns regarding Wadhwani’s attorney, Michael Wynne. The issue superseded several others that could also have resulted in delays, including motions by the government to declare the case complex and to seek a continuance. Though the government’s motions remain under seal, some of their details came to light via responses Wynne filed Monday morning in opposition to the government’s efforts. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

HCSO IDs shooting victim as Mercedes man

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra identified the man who died in what investigators believe was a robbery gone wrong as 32-year-old Mercedes resident Emmanuel Alvarado. Guerra said Tuesday afternoon that the crime scene is in rural Weslaco. The location he provided appears to be a small cluster of homes north of Weslaco at Saltillo Circle. On Tuesday morning, Guerra said his office's Major Crimes Unit was investigating Alvarado's death after he showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Thousands mourn: Family, law enforcement say goodbye to fallen DPS trooper

A murmur echoed through Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg on Friday as Texas Department of Public Safety troopers slowly filed into the venue, forming a sea of Texas tan Stetson hats. As more law enforcement officers found their seats, everyone was soon called to attention. A solemn silence fell upon the arena as troopers, together with law enforcement from across the country, stood to honor one of their own: Trooper Moises Sanchez. The salute came as the Texas DPS Honor Guard slowly carried Sanchez’s casket, draped with the Texas flag, into the arena. This was but the beginning of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long funeral service for the fallen trooper, who died on Aug. 24 after undergoing surgery related to gunshot wounds he received in the line of duty in April. Read the full story on TheMonitor.com.

Abbott issues statewide order requiring face coverings

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public. The executive order pertains to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.  Abbott also issued a proclamation that allows mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hidalgo Co. reports 45 new COVID-19 cases; highest single-day increase

Hidalgo County on Thursday reported its highest single-day increase in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting began here on March 19.  Some 45 people tested positive for the disease Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 679, according to Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “We have been saying for days that we knew an increase in positive cases was coming,” Cortez said in a news release. “Today’s numbers are a reflection of the growing availability of testing locally, but also a grim reminder that this virus is still out there and can infect us.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco man killed in Saturday night wreck

Weslaco resident Horacio Reyes, 27, was killed in a rollover car crash Saturday evening in Weslaco, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety...