HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (KVEO) — Hidaldo County Judge Richard Cortez is holding a live Facebook interview.
Cortez says there are 1,274 new cases and 10 deaths on July 9, calling it a “tsunami” of cases.
These totals bring Hidalgo County to 7,334 total COVID-19 cases and 103 deaths.
Health authorities urge the public to stay home and avoid large gatherings.
Additionally, officials confirm that outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people is prohibited.
They also recommend citizens to wear facial coverings and practice physical distancing.
“We are asking you to heed the orders of our local medical authority, the only way we can combat this pandemic is to stay away from each other,” said Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra.
District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez went on to state that there could be criminal consequences for those who don’t comply with county orders.
“Please do your part,” Rodriguez said. “Someone can die if we don’t adhere to these orders.”
Judge Cortez also confirmed that help is coming to RGV hospitals with additional nurses and ambulance services coming.
“We currently have a Strike Team from the state that includes 10 ambulances, 22 medics and two supervisors,” said Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldana.
We are asking you to heed the orders of our local medical authority–the only way we can combat this pandemic is to stay away from each other, said Hidalgo County Sherriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra— Hidalgo County (@HidalgoCounty) July 9, 2020