UPDATE: 10:16 p.m., Sunday, March 22.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez confirms he will announce a modified emergency order at 11:00 a.m. Monday. That order will include a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
“The announcement was being organized for Monday to allow for communication with municipal partners and local law enforcement to clarify any questions,” Cortez said in a statement released late Sunday night. “Unfortunately, the order was prematurely circulated. I apologize for any confusion.”
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Hidalgo County officials will not confirm whether a stay-at-home order found on the county’s website — and shared by at least one county commissioner, a state representative and several local municipalities and agencies on social media — is real.
CBS 4 received multiple messages from viewers asking if the order was real. Hidalgo County Public Information Officer Carlos Sanchez could not be reached despite multiple attempts. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez told CBS 4 that “changes would be announced tomorrow morning,” but would not confirm if the stay-at-home order would be among them.
Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuentes shared the document Sunday night with the comment, “Emergency Order due to a Public Health Emergency is in effect immediately. Which includes a Stay at Home Curfew for all Hidalgo County residents from 10 PM to 5 AM. This is effective immediately.”
State Representative Terry Canales shared the order on Facebook.
The City of McAllen posted on Facebook about a new emergency order from the county judge, and City of Edcouch also posted on its Facebook page about a county-wide curfew.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Guerra says the order, that will include travel restrictions, will go into effect tomorrow followed by a press briefing Monday.
CBS 4 continues to reach out to local officials to confirm the veracity of the new emergency order.