Hidalgo County Clerk Reveals he has COVID-19

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Arturo Guajardo

Texas Border Business

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo, Jr., revealed Monday he has COVID-19 and is recovering at home.

Guajardo, who has served as the Hidalgo County Clerk since 2007, took time off two weeks ago. During the course of his days off, he came in contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19 and decided to self-isolate.

While self-isolating, the 51-year-old, with no underlying conditions developed the symptoms and subsequently received confirmation that he has COVID-19.

Chief Deputy County Clerk Annette Muniz praised Guajardo for being proactive in self-isolating.

“Mr. Guajardo’s decisive action protected not only his staff and colleagues but others in the community,” Muniz said. “Rather than come into the office, he telecommuted and has called in every day during his self-isolation, in spite of his illness.”

Guajardo said he wants to serve as a cautionary tale that anyone can get this disease.

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“Please, for your own sake and the sake of your loved ones, continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask when out in public and only go out when you absolutely have to,” Guajardo said. “Even though I am healthy, active, and strong and took all precautions, I was not immune to it.”

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