Judge Richard Cortez declares concern about Gov. Abbott’s decision


Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has spoken up about his concerns regarding Texas full open of businesses and lifted the mask mandate by Governor Greg Abbott. 

“I appreciate Governor Abbott’s desire to return to normalcy, but I remain concerned that, at least in Hidalgo County, we may be moving too quickly. We only fell below the high hospitalization threshold a week ago, which suggests we are on the right path in combating the spread of this disease, but I would hate to see a rise in case numbers if people begin to relax caution – particularly as it relates to the removal of the mask mandate.”

Said Judge Cortez.

Hidalgo County has a total of 50,791 COVID-19 cases and a total of 2,302 COVID-19 related deaths.


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