RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — With COVID-19 cases rising dramatically in the Rio Grande Valley, more personnel and resources are needed to fight the pandemic in the area.
In response to requests from local leaders, state officials deployed 628 individuals to the Rio Grande Valley to assist with the challenge of the pandemic.
The 628 staff members are assigned to nine medical centers across the Rio Grande Valley.
Ventilators are also scheduled to come to the area beginning on Sunday and continuing on Monday.
Additionally, local leaders are requesting the following:
- Ambulance strike team assistance and lab technician assistance to Starr County
- An additional nurse deploying to Starr County
- 32 staff for Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco
- Ventilators at Mission Regional Medical Center and South Texas Health Systems (3 each)
- Ambulance strike teams in Hidalgo and Cameron counties
- Epidemiologist surge for the region
“I appreciate the requests and tireless efforts from our South Texas county judges and hospital administrators to respond to the increase in the number of hospitalizations due to complications from COVID-19,” said Juan “Chuy Hinojosa, Texas State Senator District 20. “We are thankful to Governor Greg Abbott and our state agencies for quickly acting on our requests and providing relief to our region.”