Edinburg, Texas (KVEO)—Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials.
According to a news release, 77-year-old Cortez has worked from home for most of the pandemic and learned of his positive test after a family member tested positive.
The judge is asymptomatic and feeling fine, but will self-isolate per county policy.
“I have taken all the precautions that I could to prevent infection, but I still have contracted this awful virus,” Judge Cortez said from home. “This goes to show you how contagious this virus can be.”