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Boys & Girls Clubs’ activities to return this summer

The Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen will soon be welcoming back kids to their facilities, but not without a few stipulations. The club has begun registration for its eight-week summer program, which is scheduled to kickoff on Monday, June 8. According to Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen, staff were forced to close their doors on March 23 due to COVID-19. Since then, they’ve utilized their resources to assist those in need. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pride goes virtual as it adjusts to COVID-19

When it became clear that the threat of COVID-19 was not going to disappear in just a matter of weeks, the South Texas Equality Project board knew their annual Pride in the Park event would not be able to proceed as planned — with thousands of attendees flowing in and out of the McAllen Convention Center in support of the LGBTQ community. Compelled to adjust to a COVID-19 world, those at STEP decided to instead hold virtual Pride events throughout the entire month of June. "Even if we postpone it for, let's just say November, is it still going to be safe to hold mass amounts of people — people within the thousands — in one location?" asked Steven James Cano, the community mobilization coordinator with the Valley AIDS Council. "The McAllen Convention Center is really big, but at the same time, was it going to be wise to even continue that? So we did decide that we just were not going to have an in-person event." Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Cameron Co. reports 10 new positive cases of COVID-19

Ten more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Cameron County, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced Saturday in a news release. The individuals come from Bronwnsville, with the exception of two who live in Harlingen. Their ages range from a 15-year-old girl to a 65-year-old man. All the cases are linked to a previous case, with the exception of four: three transmitted through community spread and one being travel related. 

128,000 more Texans file for unemployment as businesses continue to reopen

By Texas Tribune Another 128,105 Texans filed for unemployment last week, just a slight dip from the roughly 134,000 claims filed the week ending May...

70-year-old Los Fresnos man dies from COVID-19

In Hidalgo County, 12 people have tested positive for COVID-19, County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a news release Friday, bringing the total of known cases to 560. "As we continue an aggressive round of testing with the help of the State, we are seeing more infections," Cortez said. "This disease has not gone away and we need to continue to be diligent about keeping ourselves safe. Despite the temptation to get out, please think about the possible consequences." The ages of the new cases range from people in their 20s to people in their 60s; the individuals come from Donna, Edinburg, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, San Juan and Weslaco. 

Pandemic fuels questions in Weslaco bribery case

Federal prosecutors want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their plans to take three men to trial on charges that they spent years conspiring together to profit off the $38.5 million rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment plant. To that end, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed down an order Tuesday agreeing to the government’s request for a status hearing on the case, which is set for jury selection on July 7. The parties will meet for that status conference — in person, or via videoconference — on June 16, the order reads. The three defendants awaiting their days in court include former Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo “A.C.” Cuellar, Weslaco businessman Ricardo Quintanilla, and Daniel J. Garcia, an attorney from Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cities, county search for compromise on $151M relief

Hidalgo County and its 22 cities have seven months to spend $151 million in coronavirus relief money, an endeavor like no other that’s proving to be more complicated than anyone seemingly expected. A large part of the problem comes from a lack of communication, starting from the federal government, which did not attach specific instructions on how exactly the county should share those funds with its cities. And because there are no legal guidelines, the county voted earlier this month to dedicate a bulk of the money for countywide projects officials believe are necessary. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mission hopeful for more coronavirus relief funds

The city of Mission is still holding onto hope that municipalities will receive a larger portion of coronavirus relief funds, continuing to work off a proposed budget amounting to more than what the Hidalgo County commissioners allocated to them. Mayor Armando O'Caña said he was instructing City Manager Randy Perez to continue preparing a $14.8 million budget for expenses related to COVID-19 although the county commissioners only allocated about $9 million to the city. Hidalgo County received $151 million in coronavirus relief aid and of that, the county commissioners voted to share $63 million on a reimbursement basis for COVID-19 related expenses. Read the full story at themonitor.com

2 more die from COVID-19 in Cameron Co.

Cameron County officials confirmed two more deaths Thursday related to the coronavirus, according to a news release, that of a 90-year-old woman and 62-year-old man. Both were Brownsville residents. This raises the number of COVID-19 related deaths there to 35. The county also reported 12 new cases of the disease, which include an infant girl, six women and five men, raising the total number of cases there to 743. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Staying closer to loved ones

Nearly every day, Debbie Reiley came to see her mother at a nursing home. But more than two months ago, the nation’s coronavirus outbreak led...

Willacy keeps COVID-19 cases down to 14

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County is holding steady with 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Late Wednesday night, the state health department reported a man in...

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Starr Co.

Six new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Starr County Thursday, according to Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county’s health authority.  This brings the total there to 33. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cameron, Hidalgo lose 41,800 jobs in April

HARLINGEN — Cameron and Hidalgo counties lost about 41,800 jobs last month, driving their unemployment rates to about 17 percent — the highest in...

Joe Biden to headline Texas Democrats’ virtual convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Joe Biden will close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention next month that was moved online over fears of the coronavirus. The...

Food distribution continues weekly at Ozanam Center during COVID-19

    A line of vehicles packed with families stretched nearly half a mile down Minnesota Avenue, around the corner, and up Boca Chica Boulevard on...

Local barber offers free haircuts to residents affected by COVID-19

In tight-knit communities such as Brownsville, businesses look for ways in which they can help those who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19...

Lawyers partner in face mask giveaway

SAN BENITO — Hector Castillo of Weslaco rolled into the line of cars on his new remodeled motorcycle. As he entered rumbling, Castillo was wearing...

215 of 537 coronavirus cases active in Hidalgo Co.

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County announced another 21 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday evening, bringing the total for the county to 537. Of those cases, 215...

Abbott reopens water parks, food courts, adult rec sports

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took another step Tuesday in his phased reopening of statewide activities after the coronavirus lockdown. The Republican governor...

Mayors critical of virus relief allocations

Nearly a dozen mayors from small cities across Hidalgo County descended on Tuesday’s commissioners court meeting to air their concerns about the allocation of coronavirus relief funds — a week after county commissioners decided their cities would receive less money because of their populations. The mayors of Palmview, Peñitas, Alton, Granjeno, Palmhurst, Edcouch, Donna, Elsa, Mercedes, Alamo and Edinburg attended the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting to try to convince commissioners to treat them “fairly.” Last week, a majority of the county governing body voted to use $63 million — out of the $151 million in relief funds the county received — to reimburse cities for COVID-19 related expenses. The rates at which the 22 municipalities will be reimbursed, however, differ according to populations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Schools plan for coming academic year

HARLINGEN — Across the country, school districts are planning for one of the most challenging school years in modern history as officials monitor the...

Valley Baptist resumes elective procedures

HARLINGEN — You can get that skin growth biopsied. You can get that hernia repaired. You can find out the cause of those abdominal...

Texas reports 8 more coronavirus deaths, 623 new cases

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials reported 623 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and said there have been another eight deaths linked to the...

Real estate proves resilient

HARLINGEN — Virtual tour houses are not uncommon, but it has now become the norm for real estate agents. As the real estate industry was...

Holy Communion returns

Bishop Daniel E. Flores and other priests in the Diocese of Brownsville on Monday performed Mass for the first time since March 19 after...

Protesters rally for lifting COVID restrictions on Texas

AUSTIN — As more sectors of the Texas economy reopened from the freeze of the coronavirus pandemic, a few dozen anti-government demonstrators rallied Saturday...

Texas reports 839 new virus cases as reopening continues

AUSTIN (AP) — As Texas continues to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, health officials said Sunday that there were 839 new cases of the...

Hidalgo Co. reports 15 positive cases over weekend

After not releasing an update on cases Saturday, Hidalgo County reported 19 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, county judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a news release Sunday, bringing the total here to 440. “The positive numbers have remained steady,” Cortez said.  “Continue doing what we all know works — practice good hygiene and use face coverings as protection.” The ages of the new cases range from people younger than 20 to people in their 70s — Hidalgo County does not divulge the specific ages of people who test positive for COVID-19 — and come from Edinburg, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Pharr, San Juan and Weslaco.  Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Cities critical of Hidalgo Co.’s distribution of COVID-19 relief funds

Tension between Hidalgo County and its municipalities reached a boiling point after elected officials in several cities expressed disappointment at how the county distributed a portion of the $151 million it received in coronavirus relief funds. Last week, Hidalgo County commissioners voted to share $63 million — or nearly 42% of the money it received directly from the federal government in April — with cities on a reimbursement basis for their COVID-19 related expenses. After that allocation, Hidalgo County was left with $88 million to spend on rural residents and other public health purposes. The issue is, municipal officials don’t think county commissioners were fair in their funding formula, which capped the reimbursement rates for large cities at $110 per capita and small cities at $80 per head — all based on a population mark above or below 30,000. Read the full story at themonitor.com

April sales figures show some sectors fared better than others

HARLINGEN — Retail figures from April show the business pain of the COVID-19 shutdowns was not spread evenly, but varied depending on the type...

Bingo halls open, see slow flow return

The hall of Golden Valley Bingo here is sparsely populated with some 20 players. While the number of players would normally be much higher on any regular Friday evening, the mask-wearing Bingo players is a small step back toward normalcy. Friday marked that step back following an order by Governor Greg Abbott which allowed for Bingo halls to reopen with a limited capacity. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Cameron Co. confirms another COVID-19 related death

An 86-year-old woman died after testing positive for COVID-19, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced Saturday in a news release. The woman was a resident of Veranda Nursing Home, according to the release. This brings the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 33 in Cameron County. Additionally, 12 people — from Brownsville, Harlingen and San Benito — also tested positive for COVID-19; their ages range from a 16-year-old boy to a 61-year-old man.  Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Cameron Co. reports 15 new COVID-19 cases

Fifteen people in Cameron County have tested positive for COVID-19, County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced in a news release Friday, bringing the total there to 686.  The majority of the cases come from Brownsville, with the exception of two cases who come from Los Fresnos and San Benito. The people range in age from 22 to 91 years old. Nearly all of the cases are linked to a previous case; only two cases are travel related and one was transmitted through community spread. Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com Read the full story at themonitor.com

Back in the stores

RAYMONDVILLE — It’s safe to say this year, the fifth for the Water-Efficient Products sales tax holiday, is going to be different than its...

Starr County reports 24th case of COVID-19

A 39-year-old man from Starr County is the latest to test positive for COVID-19 there, bringing the county's total confirmed cases to 24. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Bishop says Catholic churches in the Valley will reopen Monday

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, announced Friday that Catholic churches across the Rio Grande Valley will reopen on Monday,...

Texas nursing homes receive nearly $400 million to battle COVID-19

The Texas Tribune The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing nearly $400 million to Texas nursing facilities impacted most by the...

Viral aid: HEDC picks nine small businesses for hardship loans

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Economic Development Corp. has issued its first loans to nine businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown. The Harlingen Economic Loan Program...

Texas admits 6% of its reported tests were for antibodies, not active infections

By Patrick Svitek, Carla Astudillo and Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune Texas health officials made a key change Thursday to how they report data about the...

Bars, bowling alleys and aquariums can now reopen

As part of Gov. Greg Abbott's attempt to begin reviving the economy, myriad Texas businesses can reopen Friday. That includes bars, bowling alleys and aquariums...

Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune The state’s April jobless rate was 12.8% — Texas’ worst monthly tally on record. That number, included in the Labor Department’s...

Pharr pandemic recovery center now open to businesses, residents

The Pharr COVID-19 Recovery Center is up and running as of Wednesday. The center, which is based out of the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd., is intended to provide a variety of assistance to local businesses, from financial advice and workforce help, to tips on navigating state guidelines on business reopenings. Among the services the center will provide are: financial assistance for businesses, details on state and federal funding opportunities, work safe plans, workforce opportunities, reopen Texas guidelines, services to help connect with customers, answers to business operations in Pharr, and access to no-cost business consulting for Pharr residents and businesses. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Willacy confirms 15th COVID-19 case

RAYMONDVILLE — As the number of COVID-19 cases began dropping here, a man in his 50s has become Willacy County’s 15th confirmed case of...

McAllen musicians serenade local firefighters

A few of the fire academy cadets exercising at the McAllen Central Fire Station paused between pushups and cocked their heads for a moment. Looking through the open doors of the station, they saw the Cruz brothers as the boys pulled bows across the strings of their cellos for the first time Wednesday afternoon. The cadets had been told to refrain from the yells they usually make to keep count of their exercises. Now they heard why. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo Co. reports 5 positive cases; 7 in Cameron Co. 

Five people in Hidalgo County have tested positive for COVID-19, County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a news release Thursday, bringing the total here to 472. “Don’t let this serve as an indication to let your guard down,” Cortez said. “We continue to encourage physical distancing, face coverings and good hygiene — especially as we approach Memorial Day weekend.” The new cases are women who range from their 20s to their 60s who come from Alton, Edinburg, McAllen and Pharr.  Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Mobile COVID-19 testing available today in Alamo

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, announced a new COVID-19 mobile testing site available in Hidalgo County today. In a news release, Gonzalez announced that testing will begin Friday at the Alamo Community Resource Center, 1429 S. Tower Road in Alamo. In the same release, Gonzalez also announced a mobile testing site for Bexar County. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Interest in cycling shifts upward as RGV stays home

When coronavirus restrictions were at their most stringent, roads emptied — along with restaurants, gyms and most other places people congregate. What stayed open, though, were sidewalks, where walkers, joggers and cyclists hit the trail in numbers some Rio Grande Valley municipalities describe as unprecedented. Representatives from the city of Mission say they lack a way to measure the increase, but they have seen a dramatic uptick in the number of residents using parks like the Mission Hike and Bike Trail. “It used to be (just) the bike clubs, competitive cyclists out there,” Recreation Director Brad Bentsen said of the five-mile route. “Now it has gone back to the old family ways. You can just go out there and observe how many people are using our bike trails — it’s all day, every day.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Court temporarily blocks voting-by-mail expansion in Texas

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A federal appeals court has temporarily put on hold a lower court’s sweeping ruling that would have allowed all Texas...

Texas pushes for kids to return to normal during pandemic

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After months of home schooling and lost sports seasons, millions of Texas children may get a...

Abbott: State agencies to trim budgets by 5% to prepare for ‘economic shock’

By Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune Texas’ top Republican leaders asked certain state agencies and higher education institutions Wednesday to “submit a plan identifying savings” to...

Nursing homes await Texas National Guard

HARLINGEN — Like Jason Hess, the area’s nursing home administrators are waiting for the Texas National Guard’s help in their fight against the spread...

Two more Cameron Co. nursing home residents die of COVID-19

Cameron County officials reported two more coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday, raising the total number of deaths there to 32, according to a news release. Both individuals — a 75-year old woman and an 86-year-old man — were residents of the Windsor Atrium rehabilitation center in Harlingen, where 16 others have died due to COVID-19.  County officials also confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19 whose ages range from a 2-year-old Brownsville boy to a 79-year-old Brownsville man.  Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

HCISD seniors to graduate in virtual time

HARLINGEN — Tonight’s the night. The students at Early College High School have worked hard these many years to reach tonight’s event, graduation. But they...

County preps for nursing home tests; Costs to be covered by state

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said at a Wednesday COVID-19 press conference that plans are being finalized with the county fire marshal, the...

DHS: Restricted travel extended 30 days again

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday the continuation of the temporary travel restrictions for Canada and Mexico, according to the order. The announcement comes on the day the restriction was set to expire at midnight — 60 days after it was put in place following President Trump’s announcement on March 20 that the U.S.–Mexico southern border would be closed off to “non-essential” travelers. “(The DHS acting secretary) has continued to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 18, there are over 4.6 million confirmed cases globally, with over 310,000 confirmed deaths. There are over 1.4 million confirmed and probable cases within the United States, over 76,000 confirmed cases in Canada, and over 47,000 confirmed cases in Mexico,” the DHS notification states. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Harlingen to hold food distribution on Thursday

The City of Harlingen is reminding residents it will hold three more food distribution events will take place here as part of a partnership...

Evictions expected to rise because of COVID-19 pandemic

At the end of April, the Texas Supreme Court ordered a statewide moratorium on eviction hearings until May 18. That order ended on Monday...

Commissioners mull agreement with lab to test for COVID-19

HARLINGEN — Soon, the city’s tests for the coronavirus might target elderly residents. Wednesday night, city commissioners will consider entering into an agreement with Clinical...

Hidalgo Co. cities seek ‘fair share’ of relief funds

Mayors of four of the largest cities in Hidalgo County asked commissioners court Tuesday to share $151 million in coronavirus relief funds with other municipalities, and while commissioners granted their request, not all of the cities will be funded equally.  Hidalgo County commissioners agreed Tuesday to set aside $63 million in federal funding to reimburse the county’s 22 municipalities for COVID-19 related expenses — but the rate at which they will be reimbursed will differ depending on the size of their populations. McAllen, Edinburg, Pharr, Mission, San Juan and Weslaco will be reimbursed at a rate of $110 per capita, or per person, because their populations surpass the 30,000-mark county officials used to distinguish between large and small cities in Hidalgo County.  The other 16 jurisdictions will be reimbursed at a rate of $80 per capita.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen seniors reunite with parade to celebrate end of journey

Over 100 cars lined up at Lamar Academy Tuesday evening for McAllen ISD’s Seniors 2020 Spirit Drive. Graduating seniors with their friends and families left the school a little after 6, honking and cheering their way through the neighborhood. Students decorated their cars with balloons and banners and blaring words that spelled out their class year or where they were going to college. Students waved at teachers and members of the administration in the parking lot and shouted back and forth to each other. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pharr to open COVID-19 Recovery Center

The city of Pharr has announced a COVID-19 Recovery Center to provide resources, support and information to local residents, businesses and families. The center will provide individualized and customized support for individuals who may be in need of assistance with issues related to COVID-19, according to a Pharr news release submitted Tuesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Precinct 4 elderly residents get COVID-19 relief food bags

LA FERIA — The line of cars waiting to get free drive-thru groceries stretched down the road from the Commissioner Precinct 4 Warehouse since...

Cameron Co. death toll now at 30; cases rise to 457 in Hidalgo Co.

A 76-year-old Cameron County man with COVID-19 died Tuesday, raising the total number of deaths there to 30, according to a county new release.  The man was a resident of the Windsor Atrium rehabilitation facility in Harlingen, where 38 employees and 60 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, of which, 14 have died.  County officials also confirmed 14 new cases of the disease — 10 from Brownsville, three from Harlingen, one from Los Fresnos. The ages of the new cases range from 22 to 93.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Abbott kicks property tax rate decisions back to local governments

Gov. Greg Abbott has responded to members of a Democratic congressional delegation’s pleas to alleviate tax burdens on Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Reps....

Second phase: Restaurants prepare to reopen at 50% customer capacity

HARLINGEN — Like Paulo Ochoa’s restaurant, some businesses are making preparations to reopen at 50-percent customer capacity after Gov. Greg Abbott set Friday as...

Houston church closes doors again after five leaders test positive

Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston closed its doors after five leaders tested positive for the new coronavirus over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle...

TSC offers COVID-19 disinfection training to local businesses

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, Texas Southmost College, in collaboration with the Alliance Safety Council and Workforce Solutions Cameron, has developed a...

Texas salon owner travels to Michigan to back defiant barber

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A Texas salon owner who was sent to jail for opening her business during the coronavirus outbreak called Michigan's governor...

Texas continues swift reopening, including return of sports

JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott gave permission Monday to reopen practically every facet of daily life in Texas,...

Trump says he has taken unproven malaria drug

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new coronavirus, even...

700+ new cases of coronavirus reported at meatpacking plants in Amarillo

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune More than 700 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Amarillo region Saturday, as results from targeted testing at...

El Paso officials ask governor to exclude them from next phase of reopening

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune EL PASO — County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said his community isn’t ready for the second phase of Texas’ reopening —...

Hooters reopening restaurants nationwide

Hooters announced they have reopened more than 150 restaurants nationwide. The restaurant chain says customers will be able to dine-in as long as they...

Temperature Check: Commissioner advocates for, helps homeless during pandemic

  A few weeks ago, with the help of local nurses, Brownsville City Commissioner Ben Neece started helping out the homeless population in the downtown...

Hidalgo Co. reports 15 positive cases 

Fifteen more people in Hidalgo County have tested positive for COVID-19, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a news release Sunday, bumping the total here to 440. “As more testing sites open in Hidalgo County this week, we can expect to see an increase in positive cases,” Cortez said. “We have anticipated this and continue to urge the public to practice physical distancing, good hygiene and to stay home as much as possible.” The ages of these new cases range from people younger than 20 to people in their 70s and come from Alamo, Edinburg, McAllen, Weslaco, Donna and Pharr, for the exception of two cases whose cities were undisclosed.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

EDITORIAL: Burdened: Property taxpayers need help with new valuations

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and the functioning of government, and left many people dealing with lost jobs or reduced hours. Given...

EDITORIAL: Burdened: Property taxpayers need help with new valuations

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and the functioning of government, and left many people dealing with lost jobs or reduced hours. Given...

Valley’s COVID-19 rate of increase notably lower than state’s

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly in Texas; as much is clear. But in the Rio Grande Valley, the rate of new cases reported daily is notably lower among its four counties than across the state, and according to the Department of State Health Services, the region’s pandemic response has a lot to do with it. From April 10 to May 15 the total number of cases in the Valley increased by 237% compared to a statewide increase of 287% during that same time period. Looking at a smaller time period, from April 13, the day after Easter, until Mother’s Day on May 10, the total number of cases in the Valley increased by 133%. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Amid pandemic, Valley officials also urge hurricane prep

With hurricane season set to begin June 1, emergency managers around the Rio Grande Valley are urging residents to prepare for the possibility of dealing with a weather disaster on top of the ongoing COVID-19 medical disaster. Officials from Hidalgo and Cameron counties say that though the pandemic has presented new challenges in disaster response, it hasn’t prevented them from getting ready for the upcoming season, nor should residents let it prevent them from making preparations of their own. “It’s impacted us a little, but we — at the onset of all this COVID-19 situation — … had a conference call with all of our precincts,” Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña said via phone Friday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

18 cases reported in Cameron Co., one in Starr Co.

Cameron County officials reported 18 positive cases on Saturday, in addition to the single case in Starr County reported earlier in the day. In Hidalgo County, officials are not planning on releasing their daily COVID-19 case update until Sunday. Attempts to reach Hidalgo County spokesperson Carlos Sanchez for clarity and comment were unsuccessful as of press time. An email provided by the county states only, “There will not be a report today. We (will) send a report tomorrow.”  Meanwhile, the 18 people in Cameron County who tested positive for COVID-19 come from Brownsville, Harlingen and Santa Rosa; their ages range from their 20s to their 70s.  Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Give a shift: Program links food workers with nonprofits

A program that started in north Texas to connect laid-off or furloughed restaurant and hospitality workers with paid shifts at nonprofits feeding the hungry...

Families connect with loved ones during nursing home parade

Gabe Lopez traveled about 300 miles from his home in Austin to stand several feet away from his parents and talk to them briefly outside the nursing home where they reside here Friday morning. He couldn’t hug them. He couldn’t spend much time with them. He couldn’t do any of the things a son should expect to do with his parents. Nevertheless, seeing his parents in person for the first time since January was priceless. Read the full story at themonitor.com

11-year-old Starr County resident tests positive for COVID-19

An 11-year-old boy is the latest to be confirmed positive with COVID-19 in Starr County, bringing the county's total cases to 17. He tested positive at a private clinic in Starr County after exhibiting only mild symptoms, according to Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county's health authority. The patient appeared at the clinic for a routine follow-up appointment when he was tested, Vazquez added. Read the full story at themonitor.com

STHS employs technologies to clean air, surfaces as elective procedures resume

South Texas Health Systems recently acquired technology designed to filter its air and disinfect surfaces in its hospitals — action taken to ease any public health anxieties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new tech includes a rapid UVC disinfector, 18 Amaircare filters and four dry hydrogen peroxide generators.  Since late April, after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted restrictions on elective medical procedures across the state, STHS COO Matt Malinak said patient volume has slowly gone back to normal — but the low flow of patients is still alarming.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cameron Co. reports one death, 19 new cases

An 98-year-old woman has died after testing positive for COVID-19, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced in a news release Friday. According to the release, the woman was a resident of the Windsor Atrium in Harlingen. This brings the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 to 27 in Cameron County. “We are at a loss of words as this virus continues to take the lives of our most vulnerable loved ones” Treviño said. “We express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.” Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Mobile COVID-19 testing to open in Mercedes, Edinburg

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, announced more COVID-19 mobile testing sites in Hidalgo County. According to a news release, testing is scheduled to begin on...

26th COVID-19 death recorded in Cameron; RGV cases exceed 1,000

A 90-year-old man with COVID-19 from Cameron County officials has died, raising the total number of deaths there to 26, county officials confirmed in a news release Thursday evening. The man was a resident of the Windsor Atrium rehabilitation center in Harlingen, where 33 employees and 57 residents have tested positive for the disease. This is the 12th death that can be traced to the center.  “It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of another individual to this deadly virus,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said in the release. “Not only do we continue to mourn as a community, but we also keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.” Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

Uneven funding illustrated; Vela’s office finds large per-capita disparity

Cameron County and other Texas counties and cities with populations under 500,000 appear to be getting the short end of the stick when it...

Commissioner hands out food to senior citizens

County officials organized a food drive targeting Brownsville’s senior citizens Thursday morning in a collaborative response to concern over pandemic-related food insecurity. County Commissioner Pct....

Starr Co. reports its 16th case — a 13-year-old boy

Starr County confirmed a new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, the 16th there. A 13-year-old boy from Rio Grande City tested positive for the coronavirus disease, confirmed Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county health authority. Vazquez added the boy’s family had a history of travel. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Port Isabel detainee tests positive for coronavirus

ICE confirmed that a detainee in the Port Isabel Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The detainee is a 20-year-old male from Mexico, according to the agency. ICE referred inquiries to the COVID-19 guidance listed on its website. According to that guidance, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in March “convened a working group between medical professionals, disease control specialists, detention experts, and field operators to identify additional enhanced steps to minimize the spread of the virus.” Read the full story on our website.

Texas meatpacking plant reverses course, will allow state to test workers

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune With its workforce at the center of a growing coronavirus outbreak in the Texas Panhandle, the massive JBS Beef meatpacking...

Hidalgo Co. reports 2 more COVID-19-related deaths

An Edinburg man in his 50s and a Palmview woman in her 70s died after testing positive for COVID-19, Hidalgo County reported Wednesday. The two individuals both had underlying medical conditions and their deaths bring the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the county to 10. Additionally, the county reported that six more people tested positive for the coronavirus disease, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 409, while two more were released from isolation. So far, 235 people have been released from isolation. Read the full story at valleymorningstar.com

TSTC student tests positive for COVID-19

HARLINGEN — A phlebotomy student at TSTC had tested positive for COVID-19, school officials announced Wednesday afternoon after getting results back from the local...

STC announces resumption of some in-person classes

In-person class is back in session for some students at South Texas College and will be throughout the summer. STC announced Tuesday that some classes were beginning to gradually resume on campus with new anti-coronavirus measures in place and would continue through the summer sessions, which begin June 1. Police and fire academies, welding courses and Nursing and Allied Health courses are all expected to operate on campus when necessary. Read the full story at themonitor.com

County cases ticking up; Reopening proceeds despite virus spread

At a Wednesday press conference, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. said he’s worried about a recent bump in the rate of new COVID-19...

Muslim community marking Ramadan with weekly food drives

The holy month of Ramadan is being observed differently this year by the Muslim community in the Rio Grande Valley. With all five local mosques in the region closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, local congregants have had to find other ways to honor the holiday. “We were hearing that a lot of people in the community are out of work during this time with the pandemic, and so a lot of people are having a hard time getting access to groceries and essential items,” Sofia Kamal, a member of the mosque, said. To address that need, the Islamic Society of South Texas decided to organize a weekly food drive. Since May 9, the mosque has been the site of where congregants have been handing out boxes of food, including vegetable oil, flour, canned soups and vegetables, along with essential items like toothpaste, soap and toilet paper. Baby formula is also available. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hidalgo County child adopted via video conference

Quite possibly the most momentous decision of 2-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez’s life was decided through a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon. Jose was adopted Wednesday, through a ceremony held entirely online as a result of COVID-19 distancing. Jose’s adoptive parents, Marcos and Veronica Sanchez, were in one panel, balloons and a banner in the background with their kids between them. The judge was in another, berobed and in front of a state seal. There were lawyers in some boxes, CPS representatives in others, a stenographer casually clacking away in one; the whole court was there. The ceremony went fairly smoothly — a couple of screens froze, sometimes people had a hard time hearing each other, but altogether it wasn’t so different from a regular courtroom proceeding. And just around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Marcos and Veronica officially became Jose’s new parents. Read the full story at themonitor.com

KOA campground on the Island open with restrictions

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In response to the statewide lifting of coronavirus regulations, more businesses are continuing to reopen services. Tuesday, Texas Kampgrounds of America,...

$1 million EDC loan program launches; City to help small businesses recover

HARLINGEN — The city’s Economic Development Corporation is launching its biggest loan program to help small businesses recover from the state shutdown aimed at...

Funding disparity: Distribution formula differs according to population

Cameron County and the city of Brownsville are receiving millions of dollars through the Coronavirus Relief Funds provision of the $2 trillion CARES Act...

South Padre Island will host fireworks Memorial Day weekend

South Padre Island will celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a fireworks display on Sunday, May 24. An Island fireworks show has been the traditional kick...

National/World News

Texas sees deadliest COVID-19 day so far with 58 deaths

DALLAS (AP) — Texas saw its deadliest COVID-19 day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, with state officials reporting 58 deaths during a time...

More virus testing in Texas prisons, Houston furloughs 3,000

By JUAN A. LOZANO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will begin widespread coronavirus testing in state prisons where at least...

Analysis: Reopening just a little bit isn’t really a big boon for the economy

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Really opening Texas would require the governor and like-minded officials to actually put businesses in a situation where they could...

Houston officials use poop to track the spread of COVID-19

By JASPER SCHERER Houston Chronicle HOUSTON (AP) — City health officials and Rice University scientists have begun testing Houston wastewater samples for COVID-19, a process...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — At least 1,000 more people in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of cases continues to climb...

Lawsuit: Texas rules for mail-in voting won’t work during pandemic

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting...

Mental health hotline is helping Texans navigate the pandemic

By Elvia Limón, Texas Tribune Within the first month of its launch, the state’s new mental health support line received nearly 2,000 calls from Texans...

Texas coronavirus death toll reaches 1,000 as Panhandle hot spots surge

By Nicole Cobler Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — The coronavirus death toll in Texas surpassed 1,000 for the first time Friday, a grim milestone, as...

VP Pence’s press secretary tests positive for coronavirus

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and AAMER MADHANI Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary has the coronavirus, the White House said Friday,...

Trump praises Abbott as states roll back limits

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, JILL COLVIN and PAUL WEBER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised another Republican governor for rolling back state coronavirus...

Big 12 schools intend to open in fall, giving football hope

By CLIFF BRUNT and STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writers All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the...

Texas hair salons to reopen Friday, gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons in Texas to reopen Friday — and gyms will be allowed to open...

Scientist: Trump officials ignored warnings on drug, virus

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, MICHAEL BALSAMO and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A government scientist was ousted after the Trump administration ignored his dire...

Texas tops 2 million unemployment claims during outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has passed the 2 million mark in unemployment claims filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said...

NASA begs spectators for astronaut launch: Please stay home!

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX on Friday urged spectators to stay home for the first home...

As daily virus deaths spike, Texas reopens door for business

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged toward reopening Friday despite the grim milestone of the state's deadliest single day...

Consolidated flights leave planes full and passengers uneasy

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Many flights are nearly empty these days, but the high number of cancellations by airlines trying...

Texas A&M, Texas Tech to reopen campuses, resume football in the fall

By Carrington Tatum, Texas Tribune Students, and football, are expected to return to College Station and Lubbock this fall. Texas A&M intends to reopen its 11...

COVID-19 diagnoses, fatalities continue to climb in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of reported illnesses diagnosed as caused by the new coronavirus continued to climb Wednesday, as did the death...

Lawsuit: US citizens with immigrant spouses should get help

By ASTRID GALVAN The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has sued the federal government over its denial...

AP Exclusive: Texas AG helped donor fight virus lockout

By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When a small county in the Colorado mountains banished everyone but locals...

Texas Supreme Court extends moratorium on evictions until May 18

By Juan Pablo Garnham, Texas Tribune The Texas Supreme Court extended the moratorium on eviction procedures until May 18, offering a few more weeks of...

COVID-19 risk against a paycheck

By Clare Proctor, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott’s Monday announcement that retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to reopen Friday means...

Southwest posts 1st quarterly loss in almost a decade

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines posted its first quarterly loss in nearly a decade and said Tuesday that the...

Census says restart to field operations will be in phases

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau's return to field operations for the 2020 national head count will take...

Texas to allow some into restaurants and retail on May 1

By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott outlined Monday a slow reopening of one of...

COVID-19 deaths in Texas increase by 25, now stands at 648

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of deaths in Texas due to COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, has risen by 25, the...

POLL: Most Texans think virus will be contained in the next few months

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune Texas voters are concerned about the coronavirus and believe it presents a serious crisis, and they are deeply worried about...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $484 billion bill that aids employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Texas accuses US’ largest egg producer of price gouging

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' attorney general has accused the nation's largest egg producer of price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Thursday by...

Galveston will reopen public beaches for workouts

The Galveston City Council voted Thursday to reopen its beaches for specific uses, the Houston Chronicle reports. Exercise, surfing, swimming and fishing will be...

Virus pushes US unemployment to highest since Depression

By DAVID CRARY, KATHY GANNON, and ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. has swelled to levels last seen during...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Governor defends testing levels as Texas begins reopening

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday renewed his defense of coronavirus monitoring in Texas, which...

Doctors: Execution drugs could help COVID-19 patients

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Secrecy surrounding executions could hinder efforts by a group of medical professionals who are asking the...

Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip

NEW YORK — Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to...

College seniors face job worries, family stress amid virus

Sent home from college because of the coronavirus outbreak, Carter Oselett is back in his childhood bedroom, paying rent on an empty apartment near...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with...

Abbott issues order closing classrooms for the rest of the school year

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is ordering school classrooms to be closed for the remaining of the 2019-2020 school year. It applies to...

`LIBERATE!’: Trump goads states to lift virus restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after laying out a roadmap for gradually reviving economic activity, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “LIBERATE” three...

Texas universities are getting millions in federal money to offset coronavirus losses

By Raga Justin, Texas Tribune Texas universities and colleges are steeling themselves against the financial impact from a list of losses related to the new...

Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

NEW YORK (AP) — Have you liked or commented on a Facebook post about the COVID-19 pandemic? Facebook is about to begin letting you know...

Record 22 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

WASHINGTON — The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last...

Texas coronavirus deaths pass 300

DALLAS (AP) — The coronavirus death toll passed 300 in Texas Tuesday, as the state's juvenile prisons announced they will temporarily stop accepting young...

Texas governor says economy won’t reopen all at once

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas businesses won't all reopen at the same time, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday, even as President Donald Trump itches...

Court lifts part of order blocking Texas abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday partially rescinded a lower-court order that had largely blocked the enforcement of an abortion...

Texas COVID-19 cases top 10,000, deaths go past 200

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The volume of patients in Texas with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus topped 10,000 cases Thursday, with the...

Astros’ Alex Bregman launches $1M campaign to feed Houstonians

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has launched FEEDHOU, a $1M fundraising campaign to help feed Houston-area residents impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from the...

First state prison inmate dies of COVID-19, lockdown expands

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 72-year-old is first Texas state inmate reported to be a possible COVID-19 fatality during the new coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, a lawsuit...

Hopeful birdsong, foreboding sirens: A pandemic in sound

NEW YORK — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. The coronavirus crisis has drastically transformed the world in sound....

More than 60 infected at Texas nursing home

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at two Texas nursing homes have infected more than 140 residents, and Gov....

Laredo orders residents to cover mouth, nose amid virus

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Residents in one Texas city are being required to wear something that covers their nose and mouth when they're out...

28 students positive for coronavirus after spring break trip

AUSTIN (AP) — More than two dozen University of Texas students have tested positive for the coronavirus after taking a spring break trip to...

Texas closes school through May, extends social restrictions

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that Texas' schools will stay closed through at least...

Texas tightens rules on neighboring Louisiana over virus

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for...

Abbott blocks release of inmates who can’t pay bail

By Jolie McCullough and Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune As the new coronavirus continues to spread in Texas’ two biggest county jails, Gov. Greg Abbott has...

3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — nearly five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid...

More big Texas cities order residents to stay home

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Several more major Texas cities issued orders telling their residents to stay in their homes on...

Trump says he hopes US will be reopened by Easter amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — With lives and the economy hanging in the balance, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the country will be...

Hunt for medical gear to fight virus becomes all-consuming

PARIS — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe on Monday, as new coronavirus infections soared and...

Gov. Abbott resists calls for statewide shelter-in-place; moves to expand hospital capacity

Gov. Greg Abbott took multiple measures Sunday designed to expand hospital staffing and capacity in Texas, but declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order...

Trump moves on invoking powers to spur virus supplies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak,...

Houston pleads for more tests, gear as cars pack hospital

By JOHN L. MONE and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Cars lined up for more than a mile outside a Houston hospital...

Cornyn draws rebuke for blaming coronavirus on China

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew criticism Wednesday for comments he made about the new coronavirus. On a conference call with reporters,...

Texas governor orders schools closed and bans dine-in eating

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools closed statewide Thursday until at least until April 3 and a ban on dine-in...

US Census Bureau suspends field operations on virus concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A week after starting its 2020 count, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday suspended field operations for two weeks out...

Trump invokes act to marshal private sector against virus

WASHINGTON — Managing dual health and economic crises, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will invoke emergency powers that allow the government to...

Trump mulls sending all who cross border illegally to Mexico

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration is considering a plan to turn back all people who...

CDC recommends canceling gatherings of 50 or more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The dramatic recommendation Sunday night came Americans struggled to come to terms with how to change their daily habits. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirement

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday shelved the state’s requirement for high-stakes standardized testing, with hundreds of school districts having already canceled...

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic,...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close his country’s border to non-citizens amid pandemic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close the border to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trudeau...

US tells older people to stay home, all ages to avoid crowds

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants...

Universal moves new releases to on-demand, AMC limits crowds

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic has cracked Hollywood’s traditional theatrical window. With theaters increasingly shuttering nationwide, Universal Pictures on Monday said it will...

Austin joins big Texas cities in limiting bars, restaurants

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin joined other major Texas cities Tuesday in closing bars and restaurant dining rooms to curb the spread of the...

Texas reports 1st coronavirus death as bars, clubs close

By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, becoming Texas' first...

Important Lists

Current Reopening Guidelines

As the state, counties and cities begin to attempt to reopen, we’ll post their provided guidelines here. If a document for your city is not...

How to apply for an SBA small business loan

Application process - Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center...

List of canceled City of Harlingen events

The City of Harlingen has canceled the following events: Harlingen Public Library Poetry Night March 17-canceled Kniffty Knitters March 18 & 25 canceled Lego Day March 18- canceled DIY...

Area schools announce closures through April

School districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley are extending their spring break closures to April as calls to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people intensify. Each district will continue to remain in communication with parents, students and staff to plan how they will continue past April. Read the full story at themonitor.com

List of local businesses that have changed hours, closures

The following businesses are changing their hours, closing or making other adjustments because of the coronavirus. This list will be updated as needed. Chick-fil-A Temporary Closure...