Tag: coronavirus

2 more die from COVID-19 in Cameron Co.

Cameron County officials confirmed two more deaths Thursday related to the coronavirus, according to a news release, that of a 90-year-old woman and 62-year-old man. Both were Brownsville residents. This raises the number of COVID-19 related deaths there to 35. The county also reported 12 new cases of the disease, which include an infant girl, six women and five men, raising the total number of cases there to 743. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Second ICE detainee at Port Isabel Center tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday confirmed that a second detainee inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos tested positive for...

Pandemic fuels questions in Weslaco bribery case

Federal prosecutors want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their plans to take three men to trial on charges that they spent years conspiring together to profit off the $38.5 million rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment plant. To that end, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed down an order Tuesday agreeing to the government’s request for a status hearing on the case, which is set for jury selection on July 7. The parties will meet for that status conference — in person, or via videoconference — on June 16, the order reads. The three defendants awaiting their days in court include former Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo “A.C.” Cuellar, Weslaco businessman Ricardo Quintanilla, and Daniel J. Garcia, an attorney from Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Starr Co.

Six new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Starr County Thursday, according to Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county’s health authority.  This brings the total there to 33. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Joe Biden to address virtual Texas Democratic Party convention June 6

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will address the Texas Democratic Party's 2020 convention next month, the party announced...

If your child gets free lunch at school you may received $285 in food...

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune Starting Monday, low-income Texas families can apply for $285 in federal aid per child to make up for the free...

Local barber offers free haircuts to residents affected by COVID-19

In tight-knit communities such as Brownsville, businesses look for ways in which they can help those who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19...

Abbott reopens water parks, food courts, adult rec sports

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took another step Tuesday in his phased reopening of statewide activities after the coronavirus lockdown. The Republican governor...

Hidalgo Co. exceeds 10,000 COVID-19 tests; reports 516 total cases

Hidalgo County reported Tuesday that it has administered 10,371 COVID-19 tests and confirmed a total of 516 cases locally, including 12 new positives. “There are currently more than 1,800 tests pending,” county Judge Richard F. Cortez wrote in a news release. “As we conduct more testing, we can expect the number of infected people to rise.” The county also reported that 30 people were released from isolation Tuesday, raising the total to 322. A total of 16 individuals remained hospitalized with complications from the virus, three of whom are being treated in intensive care units. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mayors critical of virus relief allocations

Nearly a dozen mayors from small cities across Hidalgo County descended on Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting to air their concerns about the allocation of coronavirus relief funds — a week after county commissioners decided their cities would receive less money because of their populations. The mayors of Palmview, Peñitas, Alton, Granjeno, Palmhurst, Edcouch, Donna, Elsa, Mercedes, Alamo and Edinburg attended the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting to try to convince commissioners to treat them “fairly.” Last week, a majority of the county governing body voted to use $63 million — out of the $151 million in relief funds the county received — to reimburse cities for COVID-19 related expenses. The rates at which the 22 municipalities will be reimbursed, however, differ according to populations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.