Migrant children at family facilities must be released, court rules

A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security must release the children currently held in family detention centers for failure to meet the standards for children’s care in the facilities. Amid outbreaks of COVID-19 in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities — two in Texas, the Karnes County Family Residential Center and the South Texas Dilley Family Residential Center, and the Berk’s facility in Pennsylvania — U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered DHS officials to release all children at these facilities by mid-July as the virus has caused thousands of infections. Karla Vargas, a senior attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which was active during the 2018 family separations at the U.S-Mexico border, said the order is like others Gee has handed down before.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

State sends ambulance teams to Cameron County

HARLINGEN — The state’s ambulance strike team is on the road. Now, a second five-ambulance squad is on its way to Cameron County. “Having additional resources...

Health officials warn of pandemic’s mental toll

EDINBURG — As the pandemic prepares to stretch into its fifth month and cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported at record highs, local...

Wing Barn closes dining rooms in response to COVID-19

Wing Barn has announced it will close dining rooms on Wednesday. They will continue to serve guests through curbside and delivery until further notice. “We...

Willacy County confirms three more COVID-19 cases

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials found three more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural county’s total case count...

SPI enacts beach rules; County beach access to remain closed

Yes, you can still go to the beach this Fourth of July weekend, just not through a county-controlled access point, all of which will...

The new normal: Virus spread puts county in crisis mode

At a Tuesday press conference, Cameron County Public Health Authority James Castillo said new studies are showing that 80 percent of coronavirus infections are...

HCISD asks for parents’ feedback

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district is sending parents surveys asking what kind of instructional model they’d like for their children this school year. “ We’re...

Asylum seekers test positive for coronavirus

In Matamoros, medical NGO Global Response Management confirmed in a press release on Tuesday that one patient living in the camp of 2,000 asylum...

More COVID-19 cases reported at sheriff’s department

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office reported an additional 12 positive COVID-19 cases among its staff of law enforcement officers and civilian employees. The new cases...

Island beaches will be open 4th of July, face masks required

In an emergency called meeting, South Padre Island officials in a 5 to 1 vote, voted to keep its beaches open for the next...

La Villa detention officer dies amid COVID-19

A detention officer at the East Hidalgo Detention facility has died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while 18 more have been confirmed to...

Coronavirus case in refugee camp at US border raises alarm

HOUSTON (AP) — A person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in a sprawling refugee camp on the U.S.-Mexico border where an estimated...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Cameron County

One day after Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. issued an emergency order that included mandatory facial coverings, implemented a curfew and closed several...

County renews COVID-19 restrictions; Local fight against virus intensifies

Facial coverings are now mandatory, gatherings restricted and Cameron County parks and beach accesses again closed in an effort to get control of the...

Commission implements citywide curfew

Following Cameron County’s lead, the Brownsville City Commission voted Monday evening to implement a citywide curfew in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brownsville City...

COVID-19 patients filling county hospital beds; congressmen call for National Guard, field hospitals

HARLINGEN — Cameron County’s hospitals are warning of a growing crisis as COVID-19 patients fill more hospital beds. Meanwhile, U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and...

Starr Co. adopts curfew; prohibits large gatherings

In step with other Rio Grande Valley counties, Starr County issued a supplemental emergency order on Monday establishing a curfew recommendation, prohibiting large gatherings, and strongly recommending the use of facial masks in public in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The county issued two curfews, the first of which will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for people 17 years old and under unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The second will be from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for everyone 18 years old and older, unless an individual is out for an emergency or providing covered services. The emergency order goes into effect Tuesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Trevino issues curfews, closes county beaches, masks required

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. has implemented a new curfew, closed all county beaches and park, and ordered the use of facial masks. Trevino...

H-E-B to limit sale of toilet paper, sanitizers, briskets

H-E-B has been forced once again to place a limit on certain products due to customers panic buying toilet paper, food items and over-the-counter...

Commission implements citywide curfew

Following Cameron County’s lead, the Brownsville City Commission voted Monday evening to implement a citywide curfew in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brownsville City...

Businesses under social media microscope amid outcry for virus transparency

As cases in the Rio Grande Valley continue to soar with record highs reported in almost consecutive days, concerns are also mounting with regard to local businesses who don’t disclose to the public whether their employees contracted the coronavirus. In addition to discourse about how much information businesses can disclose about whether employees test positive for the coronavirus, concerns remain prevalent on social media where employees and consumers have criticized local restaurants for not closing or encouraging curbside services instead of dine-in. Such criticism stems from fears of positive cases existing at certain establishments. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Area mayors maneuver for more pandemic authority

The mayors of Hidalgo County’s largest four cities came together here at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance on Friday in a bid to pave the way for a more active municipal role in Texas’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mayors Jim Darling of McAllen, Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez of Pharr, Richard Molina of Edinburg and Armando O’Caña of Mission all signed a letter outlining their desire for more pandemic autonomy and addressed it to the governor. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Frankie Flav’z owner tests positive for virus, restaurants close temporarily

The popular Frankie Fla'z restaurants in Harlingen have closed temporarily after owner Frank Macias says he tested positive for COVID-19. On a Facebook post, Macias...

H-E-B employees test positive for coronavirus

H-E-B in Brownsville reported three new cases among staff this week. As both employee and public cases continue to rise, petitions have circulated online...

In wake of COVID-19 surge, Hidalgo County limits mass gatherings to 10 or less

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez signed an order Thursday limiting mass gatherings in the county to 10 people or less and implementing a curfew in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. The order goes into effect immediately and will remain effective until modified, a news release from the county said. The new curfew is set from 10 p.m.  to  6 a.m. for minors and from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for residents who are 18 and older. Read the full story at themonitor.com

In wake of COVID-19 surge, Hidalgo County limits mass gatherings to 10 or less

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez signed an order Thursday limiting mass gatherings in the county to 10 people or less and implementing a curfew in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. The order goes into effect immediately and will remain effective until modified, a news release from the county said. The new curfew is set from 10 p.m.  to  6 a.m. for minors and from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for residents who are 18 and older. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley’s COVID-19 cases explode by 570

The Rio Grande Valley saw a record increase in COVID-19 cases Wednesday as new positives across four counties raised the tally to 570. Hidalgo County confirmed Wednesday afternoon that four more residents died from complications of COVID-19 and 373 more cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of fatalities to 29 and cases to 2,503. The new fatalities and confirmed cases represent record numbers for the county. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Appeals court rules in favor of fast-track deportations

An appellate court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration seeking to end “fast-track” deportations without legal process can continue, but also overturned an earlier injunction that barred the administration from doing so, court records show. Last August, the American Civil Liberties Union together with La Unión del Pueblo Entero, a local immigrant-advocacy group based in San Juan, the American Immigration Council and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP filed a federal lawsuit in Washington on behalf of immigrant community organizations Make the Road New York, and We Count! Read the full story at themonitor.com

Brownsville Post Office employees test positive for COVID-19

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday confirmed that several of its employees at the Brownsville Post office have tested positive for COVID-19. “This has been...