HC COVID-19 Briefing, March 26

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Editor’s Note

During this period when Hidalgo County is in a state of disaster, this daily update will be provided to give Hidalgo County employees a quick overview of developments that may help with the continuation of government operations. Please note that the numbers provided in this briefing reflect end of previous business day. If your department has any update needs, please email [email protected]

Texas Update 

Governor Abbott Waives Certain Licensing Renewal Regulations, Fees For Nurses

Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations from the Texas Board of Nursing regarding licensing renewal and subsequent fees for nurses in Texas. The Governor’s waiver authorizes a six-month grace period for nurses with expired licenses. This grace period will allow nurses who are otherwise in good standing to continue practicing and will give them additional time to renew their licenses without added fees and penalties. 

“Nurses are essential to protecting the public health and safety of our communities as we combat the COVID-19 virus,” said Governor Abbott. “With these temporary waivers, nurses in Texas can continue caring for patients without worrying about potential delays or barriers imposed by the licensing renewal process.

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RGV Update

First batch of Starr County tests come back negative 

Starr County officials reported Wednesday afternoon that 23 test results for COVID-19 came back, all negative. In total, 86 tests were conducted at the county’s drive-thru testing facility during the first three days of testing which began Sunday.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Starr County.

Hidalgo County Update 

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez Issues Shelter At Home Order 

Looking to slow the spread of COVID-19, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez ordered all residents to stay at home unless they are conducting essential business. The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

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