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HIDALGO – Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez and Commissioners Court held their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 7 to amended the county’s current emergency ordinance with new and stricter additions.

“Additional measures have been added to the Order," said Cortez. "We are taking the best measures to place the public in the best position in order to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus."

The news was revealed live on the county’s Facebook page along with current COVID-19 numbers in positive cases, negative cases, pending cases and total tests conducted. Those numbers have not changed as of Monday evening, April 6. NOTE: The numbers have been updated as of April 7, 2020, at 9 p.m. 

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 113 to 128 Negative COVID-19 Cases: 781 to UNKNOWN Pending COVID-19 Cases: 90 to UNKNOWN  Hospitalized Patients from COVID-19: 13 to 17 Total Tests Conducted: 984 to UNKNOWN  Released from Hospital for Showing Improvement: 3 COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1 The following amendments were added and take into effect Tuesday, April 7 at Midnight till Thursday, April 30 at Midnight.

1. Youth Curfew: In addition to the existing Shelter-At-Home mandate, a new 24-hour curfew for persons under age 17 has been ordered, unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or engaged in an essential service or emergency.

2. Curfew: The existing Shelter-At-Home mandate will also become a curfew for everyone ages 18 and older between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Only people engaged in essential services or emergencies may be out on the streets between these hours.

3. Childcare services: Services may only be provided to children of essential workers. Childcare may only be provided in groups of 10 or less in separate rooms.

4. Work Safe Measures: All essential businesses in unincorporated areas of the county must adopt Work Safe Measures including a six-foot physical distancing for employees and the public, and washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.

5. Self-Isolation: If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the entire household is ordered to isolate at home. If a healthcare provider orders a patient to isolate at home pending the results of a COVID-19 test. then all family members must isolate at home as well.

6. Vehicle Travel: To the extent possible, vehicle travel should be limited to two occupants for essential business and to four occupants per vehicle for healthcare functions, government functions, retail services and critical infrastructure.

7. Facial Coverings: Facial coverings will be required for all persons three-years-old and older while outdoors, including but not limited to entering any building open to the public; when on business parking lots; when using public transportation; and when pumping gas. Restaurant workers must wear facial coverings when providing take-out, drive-through or delivery of food. The facial coverings include homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, and handkerchiefs. Medical grade masks are not required and are discouraged so as not to interrupt the supply of these masks to healthcare professionals. People exercising and keeping six feet of physical distance; people driving in personal vehicles while engaged in essential activities; people at home or alone in an office are not required to wear facial coverings.

To see Tuesday’s full video click the link: https://www.facebook.com/HidalgoCounty/videos/3329301987152389/

To see Hidalgo County’s Second Amended Emergency Order click the link: https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36983/04072020-Amended-Emergency-Order-20-003