Hidalgo County Reduces Emergency Operational Level to 2

As the rate of COVID-19 deaths and infections decreases locally, Hidalgo County will reduce its level of emergency operational response. Currently, the county is at Level 1, indicating maximum preparedness; the county will move to Tier 2, which is escalated operations taking effect immediately. Image for illustrative purposes
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Texas Border Affairs

EDINBURGH, Texas – As the rate of COVID-19 deaths and infections decreases locally, Hidalgo County will reduce its level of emergency operational response. Currently, the county is at Level 1, indicating maximum preparedness; the county will move to Tier 2, which is escalated operations taking effect immediately.

“That doesn’t mean the threat of this terrible disease is gone,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “This means that, overall, the community has been extremely responsible in taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves and we can ease our diligence slightly.”

Hidalgo County has five operational levels, with Level 5 being normal operations and Level 1 being the highest state of emergency. It moved to Level 1 when first diagnosed with COVID in March 2020 and has been at the highest level for over 800 days.

“I’m afraid COVID will never go away, but it’s becoming as manageable as the flu,” said Eduardo Olivarez, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Manager. “In short, the public should always take precautions around people and be diligent about their hygiene, especially washing their hands.”

The new Level 2 escalated operations will take effect immediately. The transition will impact the frequency of days the COVID-19 update is provided. COVID-19 update reports will be provided on Tuesdays and Fridays instead of five times a week.

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