BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño held a press conference on April 29 addressing the latest response from the county to stop the spread of COVID-19.
At the press conference, Treviño announced that in accordance with the governor’s orders, the mandates from the county to shelter-in-place, uses facial coverings and the overnight curfew would be expiring on May 1.
Governor Abbott announced Monday that it would be partially reopening the Texas economy on Friday.
In addition, the mandates aimed at enforcing social distancing will no longer be upheld by local authorities.
However, Treviño urges residents to continue practicing social distancing and continue taking precautionary measures when needing to leave their homes.
The judge added that they will be enforcing the limit of 25% capacity for businesses that the governor ordered and that any business not in compliance could face a fine.
Treviño said at the press conference that the virus is still in the community, with two additional deaths reported Tuesday, bringing the total deaths in the county to 16.
The judge also mentions that he expected the numbers to increase more rapidly that they did, however, because the community has been following the county’s orders, the spread was able to slow down.
Treviño also mentioned that his fear is that people will loosen their guard causing a second wave of COVID-19 and that health facilities will not be able to handle the sudden increase.
The county will continue to closely monitor cases.
For more information head to the Cameron County website.
WATCH the press conference below.
To read Gov. Abbott’s plan, click here.