McALLEN — Texas Department of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd will be in the Rio Grande Valley today to speak with local officials, a spokesman for Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.

Kidd is accompanied by the governor’s Chief of Staff Luis Saenz, and Abbott plans to hold two virtual meetings today with officials from Cameron and Hidalgo counties, Abbott’s spokesman John Wittman said.

Those meetings will likely not be open to news outlets, Wittman indicated.

The visit comes as COVID-19 deaths continue to mount throughout the Valley, but especially in Hidalgo County, which has reported 318 deaths. A large majority of those, or 269 fatalities, have occurred this month.