WESLACO, Texas (KVEO) — Tonight, Hidalgo County reported the highest number of cases for a single day with 70 people testing positive for COVID-19.
“It’s a very serious problem we have, I mean and our trend right now is just going really really high, today we already have over 70 people, that’s the highest we’ve ever been,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez.
Hidalgo County is not the only county seeing a spike.
“From five people a month ago, now we’re up to 79 right now and as the judges say, I feel a lot of it had to do with Memorial Day weekend, Mother’s Day, you tell them don’t get together, but it’s hard not to,” said Eloy Vera, Starr County Judge.
All four judges gathered Thursday afternoon at a valley wide meeting in Weslaco to discuss all things COVID-19.
The four judges agreed that shelter-in-place orders will not go back into effect, nor will face masks become mandatory again.
However, it isn’t just the health aspect that’s a major concern for county officials.
“Whatever businesses we had, they’re taking a hit,” said Judge Vera, “A lot of the economy in the valley is based off commercial trade with Mexico, our neighbors, so if those people can not come across so a lot of sales are down.”
Non-essential border travel has been banned since March and Vera says he wants the federal government to step in if bridges don’t reopen soon.
“The next thing is for us to ask for monetary compensation for our loss because the rest of the nation is back in business and we’re still at 50% and we can’t change that,” said Vera.
Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño agreed and says they will stand together to make the valley recover both physically and economically.
“It’s important we speak with a unified voice in very difficult times, this is beneficial for everyone,” said Eddie Trevino Jr., Cameron County Judge.
The judges say they hope the community will continue to take the spike in cases seriously as Texas continues to reopen.
On Thursday, the Rio Grande Valley hit over 2,000 cases of COVID-19.