Hidalgo officials announced an urgent temporary shelter for migrants who have tested positive for COVID-19, and in less than 24 hours from the announcement the shelter has opened in Mission.
The first 200 migrants arrived, all of them and their families affected by the virus.
“COVID has made this extremely much more complicated,” said Catholic Diocese of Brownsville Bishop Daniel Flores.
Catholic Charities in McAllen ran out room to quarantine COVID-positive migrants at the respite center and in multiple motels.
So picnic tables are now resting spots. The tent compound relocated from McAllen to Mission overnight. McAllen’s city manager says FEMA has been paying expenses for this temporary facility.