Michael Rodriguez

Michael Rodriguez is the deputy editor for The Monitor. He can be reached at mrodriguez@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4439.

MOSTHistory’s ‘Bearing Witness’ to chronicle Valley lives lost to COVID-19

When the Rio Grande Valley’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in March, no one could predict the precise impact it would have on...

Daughter: Parents who died due to COVID-19 robbed of chance to say goodbye

“They had more years in them, they had more years and they robbed us. Those people who don’t social distance, they robbed us of...

Hurricane Hanna brings more devastation to virus-ravaged Rio Grande Valley

There’s 2020, and then there’s 2020 in the Rio Grande Valley, where devastation has struck on two fronts in a perfect storm of disaster...

22 die, 1,248 new virus cases in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County announced 22 additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, while another 1,248 people tested positive for the virus. The 22 deaths raise the total number of fatalities to 240 in the county. The new cases raise the total number of positive cases to 10,492.  “I am deeply saddened by the loss of 22 people from our community. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “To those currently battling this disease and who are at home, I urge you to remain quarantined so that you may not infect a loved one or anyone in our community.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen police shoot suspected car thief

McAllen police say officers have shot a man after he allegedly stole a vehicle and attempted to flee. The man, tentatively identified as 42-year-old Enrique...

Hidalgo Co. reports over 500 new cases, 1 death over weekend

Hidalgo County confirmed more than 500 new positive cases and one death this weekend. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced the death of a Pharr woman in her 60s and 547 new positive cases in a news release Sunday.  “My prayers go out to the family and friends of this weekend’s victim — another tragic loss to this terrible disease,” Cortez said.  “As we begin a new work week, please keep in mind the safety of yourselves and those around you. Stay home if possible, wear facial coverings and avoid other people.”  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Nurses bussed in, but health officials express urgency for additional staff

More space. More manpower. More relief. More diligence. These were the pleas that leaders of some of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest hospital systems made during a COVID-19 healthcare forum on Wednesday morning, continuing a chorus of concerns from local officials who are growing more alarmed at the climbing rate of cases and hospitalizations in the region. The event, which was hosted by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, came a day after cases and deaths jumped by 650 and 11, respectively, in the Valley — two distressing records since the first case was reported in March. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Minority experience in South Texas comes into focus

Joshua Gatling fell asleep one day during his seventh grade science class. He woke to find that his classmates had put pins in his...

109 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Hidalgo Co.; death toll rises to 21

Hidalgo County reported another death Friday as an additional 109 individuals tested positive for COVID-19. A Pharr man in his 80s is the latest individual to die in Hidalgo County after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a news release issued Friday, raising the total number of fatalities in the county to 21. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco police apprehend murder suspect in shooting case

A man Weslaco police say is a suspect in a murder investigation was arrested Monday following a shooting that left one person dead and put a local school on lockdown. Although police have not yet confirmed the identity of the person arrested, they did identify Angel Herrera, 23, earlier Monday as the suspect in the case. The arrest came after a manhunt for Herrera, who was considered armed and dangerous, lasted for several hours. According to officer Eric Hernandez, spokesman for the Weslaco Police Department, officers initially responded to a call reporting shots fired in the vicinity of the 2400 block of 12th Street and Pleasantview Drive at around 12:06 p.m. Monday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.