Nurses from across Texas coming to help at Hidalgo County hospital

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MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — Texas has become one of the top hotspots for growing COVID-19 cases, and nurses in the Valley are working around the clock caring for patients.

The state is now sending nurses from all over Texas to lend a helping hand to one unnamed hospital. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said details of the support are still pending but more area hospitals may get relief.  

“They were very concerned saying we can make a makeshift bed but who’s going to care for that person,” said Cortez.

Cortez wrote a letter to the state after speaking with local hospitals that are near capacity.

“When all the other hospitals comply the information that they’re seeking. I’m sure there will be multiple hospitals that see this benefit because they all find themselves in similar situations,” he said.

All four counties are working together, having frequent meetings to urge people to practice precaution. As the more cases continue to rise here in the valley, Cortez said he set aside some of the relief funding from the CARES Act for emergencies.

“About 10%,” he said “15 million dollars. I can’t think of a better use for it now to make sure that our hospitals are well-staffed and equipped to deal with this matter.”

More details on the specifics of the support are coming in the coming weeks.  

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