What to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms in the workplace or violates county orders

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What to do if someone at your job has COVID-19 symptoms or violates county orders?

PHARR, Texas — Many Valley residents have voiced their concerns regarding possible COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.

Many of those concerns are related to; your co-workers showing signs of COVID-19, your employers not properly enforcing masks orders and violations of county shelter-in-place orders.

CBS 4 reached out to law enforcement from Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties to find out how and where people can report sick employees in the workplace and COVID-19 order violations.

Hidalgo and Starr County officials responded to our call and here is what you need to know:

In each county, you can report a COVID-19 distress situation from your workplace; if your co-worker is severely sick with COVID-19 symptoms and your supervisor refuses to take action or your employer refuses to implement social distancing or violate the mandatory face mask order.

“A general rule is to reach out to…local police department in the cities. If you are in an unincorporated area then reach out to the sheriff’s office…my office or the county judge’s office. They are all available,” Starr County Attorney, Victor Canales Jr. said.

If you violate the face mask order before May 1, you could be fined up to $1,000 or sentenced up to 180 days of jail in Hidalgo and Willacy counties.

For a complete list of each counties’ orders, click on the counties below to be directed to each sheriffs’ department Facebook page or PDF:





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