Hidalgo Co. reports 402 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing 3,000 mark

In addition to surpassing the 3,000 mark of total positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, Hidalgo County also reported a Weslaco man in his 30s died from complications related to the virus, county Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news released. With 402 individuals reported over the weekend, the total number of cases for Hidalgo County rose to 3,294. The 402 cases are all previously reported positive, and the county’s death toll is now 32. "I am very distraught with today’s rising numbers and, in particular, with the report of another death,” Judge Cortez said in the release. “My condolences go out to this man’s friends and family. Our rise in numbers has become a problem and I've taken action trying to slow infection rates by limiting mass and social gatherings, and by requiring facial coverings inside of covered spaces and buildings. Ultimately, however, we must protect ourselves.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cameron Co. reports death, 98 COVID-19 cases

An 83-year-old Los Fresnos woman is Cameron County’s latest reported death related to COVID-19, County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced in a news release Saturday. The county also reported 98 new additional cases, raising the total number to 2,183. A previously reported case, the woman died at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, bringing Cameron County’s total of reported fatalities to 55.  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

Hidalgo Co. reports 1 death, 133 positive cases

In addition to 133 new cases, Hidalgo County reported another death from complications related to COVID-19, county Judge Richard F. Cortez reported Sunday in a news release.  The Mission man was in his 50s and had underlying medical conditions, according to the news release. “I want to extend my deepest condolences to this man’s family and friends. I know they were hoping to spend Father’s Day with their loved one,” Judge Cortez said. “It is all of our responsibility to take the necessary measures to minimize the spread in our community. We know what works, let's all be part of the solution.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

198 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Starr, Cameron counties

Cameron County reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced in a news release. The new cases are from Brownsville, Harlingen, Laguna Vista, Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, Rancho Viejo and San Benito. From a 5-year-old girl to a 74-year-old woman, only five cases were related to travel. Forty-one cases were transmitted through community spread, with the remaining 46 cases linked to a previous case. Read the full story at themonitor.com

H-E-B issues recall for Hill Country gallon drinks

H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for gallon-size Hill Country drinks for the potential presence of a milk allergen.  The Hill Country drinks recalled are gallon-sizes of Fare Pink Lemonade, Citrus Punch, Fruit Drink and Grape Drink.  In addition to H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico, according to the release, the affected products were also shipped to Joe V and Mi Tienda stores; the recall does not impact Central Market.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

109 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Hidalgo Co.; death toll rises to 21

Hidalgo County reported another death Friday as an additional 109 individuals tested positive for COVID-19. A Pharr man in his 80s is the latest individual to die in Hidalgo County after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a news release issued Friday, raising the total number of fatalities in the county to 21. 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

Valley community unites for peaceful protest

More than 30 people could be counted chanting with force. “No justice, no peace,” and “Say his name, George Floyd,” could be heard as a crowd gathered at Harrison and Third streets Tuesday morning to express support and solidarity to the black community in Harlingen. Posters had messages such as, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” and “together we rise” as cars passed by and honked to show support. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Compromise struck on virus relief money for cities, county

Hidalgo County Commissioners went back to the drawing board Tuesday and split more coronavirus relief money with municipalities after weeks of criticism from more than a dozen mayors from across the county.   On Tuesday, commissioners voted to reimburse all cities — regardless of their populations — at a rate of $132 per capita, which eliminated the funding disparity that had drawn the ire of smaller cities and increased the overall funding for all municipalities.  Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said commissioners came up with the $132 rate after calculating some of the countywide expenses that are necessary to fight the disease and keep countywide facilities, like the county courthouse, up and running.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.