Hidalgo County Judge to issue disaster declaration

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Hidalgo County holds a press conference addressing COVID-19. (Source: CBS 4)

Hidalgo County held a press conference to provide an update on COVID-19. 

At the conference, officials said they would be signing a disaster declaration on Tuesday that would be in effect until March 31. 

They emphasized there are no confirmed cases in Hidalgo County of COVID-19.

“As part of this declaration, I am prohibiting mass gatherings of 50 or more in Hidalgo County,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

 Cortez added once the disaster declaration is signed it will require the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show to officially stop operations. 

Officials added there are several people isolated because of oversea travel but have they are no showing symptoms. 

Health officials said there have been 15 to 20 people tested and that providing a set number is difficult because of private providers. 

The county is urging the public to avoid large group gatherings and to continue implementing hygiene procedures.  

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