Weslaco hotel houses COVID-positive migrants, officials say

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Catholic Charities of the RGV agrees to ensure migrants stay in motel for quarantine

Central American migrants expelled from the United States under Title 42, are seen at the National Migration Institute station in Ciudad Juarez, State of Chihuahua, Mexico on April 5, 2021. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.

WESLACO, Texas (KVEO) — Weslaco officials announced that Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has temporarily housed COVID-positive migrants at a local hotel.

Migrants were released from federal custody to Catholic Charities and the non-profit is housing them at the Texas Inn on Texas Boulevard in Weslaco, according to a press release.

Earlier this week, La Joya officials confirmed that COVID-positive migrants staying at a local hotel to quarantine.

City officials urged the nonprofit to inform local governments when and where COVID-19 “hot spots are created in our communities.”

“Providing us with further information can save lives,” said Mayor David Suarez in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously, and our priority in Weslaco has been and continues to be the health and wellness of our community.”

Officials requested Catholic Charities to show what protocols are used to make sure migrants stay at the hotel to quarantine while being provided with food, water, and other resources.

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley told KVEO they are paying for these hotels.

Since the announcement, Weslaco officials and Catholic Charities met to discuss plans to make sure the community stays safe while housing COVID-positive migrants.

During the Friday meeting, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley agreed to “increase health and safety measures to ensure” that COVID-positive migrants stay inside the motel while in quarantine.

According to the press release, Catholic Charities is housing more migrants that test positive for COVID in motels or hotels around the RGV. Where and how many was not disclosed.

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