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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 the end of the previous business day. If your department has any update needs, please email [email protected].
Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas has received a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. The grant was part of a $250 million dollar outlay authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra announced countywide travel restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It goes into effect Wednesday night. Guerra referred to the restriction as a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all non-essential travel in the county. According to the county judge, the curfew does not apply to people with traveling to or from their “essential” workplace.
Hidalgo County Update
A plan of action is announced by Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr. to temporarily implement that all Protective Order applications adhere to be received by phone to ensure the safety of citizens and employees of Hidalgo County.
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to suspend normal operations beginning Monday, March 30 because of “events beyond the control of the County,” related to the pandemic of COVID-19. The order will remain in effect until Monday, April 27.
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court took action to reimburse Hidalgo County Community Service Agency’s local account fund in the amount of $32,000 for the purchase of emergency food bags to be utilized due to the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration.