Tag: coronavirus

‘Overwhelmed’: Texas county halts non-essential activities

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso County officials ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities Thursday after the area's medical resources were overwhelmed...

Pilot Program: Rapid response COVID-19 tests roll out at HCISD

“This is one added tool to assist us in dealing with this COVID pandemic,” SAID ALICIA Noyola. HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district has just...

STHS eases hospital visitation guidelines

South Texas Health Systems made changes to their visiting hours for its acute care facilities, effective Thursday. The visitation changes are an easing of restrictions...

Texas gives El Paso area inmates N95 masks as cases rise

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials said Thursday they are giving N95 medical masks to people serving time in state facilities in...

Court halts order requiring masks at Texas polling places

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has suspended a judge's order requiring people in Texas to wear face masks inside polling stations. The...

Three more Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

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

COVID-19 haunts seasonal business in McAllen

McALLEN — JJ’s Party House felt eerie Wednesday, and not eerie in the way owner Lala Karam likes it to feel three days before...

Hidalgo Co. records 10 more COVID-19 deaths

Ten COVID-19 related deaths were recorded on Tuesday along with 181 cases in Hidalgo County. The death toll is now 1,934 with a total of...

City’s economic agency ends COVID-19 loan program

HARLINGEN — The city’s financial lifeline to small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdowns and related disruptions provided assistance to 52 entities and issued...

Plan would save up to $3.5 million in budgeted police, fire payroll

HARLINGEN — Most of the $3.7 million in federal funds earmarked to help the community recover from the economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19...

Six more Willacy residents test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — About a week after a COVID-19 outbreak shattered weeks boasting low cases numbers, state health officials are reporting six more Willacy County...

Virus precautions cancel veterans parade

Organizers have cancelled this year's parade to honor veterans in Southmost. The annual Southmost Veterans Day Parade was scheduled for Nov. 7. However, organizers decided...

1 more COVID-19 death reported in Cameron County

One more Cameron County resident has died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Monday afternoon. This raises the total number of COVID-19...

El Paso imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as...

5 more virus deaths recorded in Hidalgo County, 1 in Cameron

Hidalgo County reported five COVID-19 related deaths and 130 new cases of the virus on Monday. The county’s top elected official also acknowledged the current...

Temporary hospital to be set up in El Paso convention center

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A part of the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center will be turned into a makeshift hospital to help...

Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

By LISA MARIE PANE and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the...

RGV hospitalizations steady, but officials on guard as virus cases trend younger

Cases of COVID-19 in hospitals are trending upward again throughout the country and the state, but in the Rio Grande Valley data suggests hospitalizations...

Outbreak at City Hall: Mayor, judge among officials testing positive

RAYMONDVILLE — The area’s COVID-19 outbreak has hit City Hall, infecting some of the city’s top officials. On Wednesday afternoon, officials evacuated City Hall, which...

Work-search requirements for jobless return Nov. 1

HARLINGEN —Work-search requirements for Texas workers receiving jobless benefits will be reinstated Nov. 1. The job search requirement was suspended in March as thousands of...

Hallow-streaming: With restrictions instated specific to holiday, alternative activities planned

Streets won’t be filled with young superheroes and princesses scavenging for candy this year, but the community’s Halloween spirit and the traditions of Día...

Cameron County reports 3 COVID-19 deaths

Three more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Friday. This raises the total number of coronavirus-related deaths...

Willacy County bans trick-or-treating

RAYMONDVILLE — The coronavirus is wiping out Halloween trick-or-treating this year. Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra has issued an order banning door-to-door trick-or-treating while mandating...

Willacy bans spectators from school activities

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra on Friday banned spectators from school activities as a result of an uptick in local COVID-19 cases,...

Trump says virus spike ‘gone’ in Texas while El Paso surges

By ACACIA CORONADO Report for America/Associated Press President Donald Trump downplayed the toll of the coronavirus during Thursday's final debate with Joe Biden, and specifically...

3 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Cameron County

Three more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Thursday afternoon. This raises the total number of COVID-19...

Willacy County official warns of ‘uptick’ in state numbers

RAYMONDVILLE — After weeks of low COVID-19 case numbers here, state health officials found 16 Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. The...

284 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, 172 hospitalizations in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County reported eight more coronavirus-related deaths and 284 new cases of the virus as hospitalization rates for the county remain fairly static. So far the county has recorded 34,799 positive cases, 1,914 of which have resulted in a person’s death. County hospitals continued to treat 172 COVID-19 patients Thursday, 68 of them in intensive care units. Hospitalizations were at 176 the previous day. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Texas reports most active COVID-19 cases since summer peak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The second coronavirus wave in Texas continued with more active cases than at any time since the summertime peak, according...

Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this year

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this...