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Rio Grande Valley Congressmen ask Gov. Abbott to issue stay-at-home orders

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks during a press conference on April 10, 2020, updating the public on the state’s response to COVID-19. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)—Rio Grande Valley Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela are asking Governor Greg Abbott to issue a stay-at-home orders in regions of the state most affected by the surge of COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, the representatives said 10 of the 12 hospitals in Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr County are at capacity.

“The health of our economy is tied to the health of our population. As Texans, we want the economy to thrive, but that is not possible if the lives and health of our fellow Texans are at stake. Clearly, the surge in new COVID-19 cases, resulting in a greater number of deaths, are directly related to Texas’s premature reopening. Our call for action now is all we can do to prevent further deaths. The long-term sustainment of our economy depends on ensuring that Texans are healthy.” said the statament.

“Governor Abbott needs to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order. If the Governor believes that the numbers for our state are going to be worse next week, we must make every effort to protect our fellow Texans now.”

The Rio Grande Valley has a total of 11,767 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 7.

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