Hidalgo County Update
County looks to boost enforcement of stay-home ordersCommissioners Court takes action on necessary measures to preserve public health and safety
Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said he is concerned not enough people are following a shelter-at-home order he issued last week to combat the pandemic.
“We know there is a tsunami coming,” Cortez said in a news release Tuesday. “It hasn’t hit us yet. If there is anything we can do to mitigate this, it is stronger enforcement on the orders.”
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court is practicing Social Distancing and held the first virtual Commissioners Court meeting through Zoom in history.
Under the Hidalgo County Budget and Management Department, the court approved emergency expenditures related to COVID-19 response for the sum of $500,000. The appropriations will be used for repair, maintenance, general supplies and equipment.
"I have asked each Commissioner to work with their respective municipal partners to request assistance for the enforcement of the county's Shelter-at-Home Order, along with efforts that the cities have undertaken for items such as work-safe requirements," said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.