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38 percent of population has been tested for covid-19

As of October 21, 2020, officials have tested 38 percent of Maverick County’s entire population for Covid-19.

Officials have administered 22,137 tests with 17,787 coming back negative.

Of those tests 7 percent or approximately 4,110 have come back positive. Of those 3,593 have been deemed recovered.

On Wednesday evening, Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes announced that another person had died from complications related to Covid-19 bringing the death total to 137. There were also another 26 new positive Covid-19 cases added to the count.

There are currently 16 people that are hospitalized at the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers with 2 on ventilators.

There are 380 active cases with 240 tests pending results.

Officials continue urging the community to follow all safety guidelines including wearing a face mask and washing your hands as often as possible.

10 percent of Maverick County voters have come out to vote

As of October 19 approximately 10 percent of the registered voters have come out to vote.

Early voting in the 2020 Presidential election will continue throughout the week and onto October 30.

As of Monday , October 19 there have been 3,456 in person votes cast with 719 counted on Tuesday, 696 on Wednesday, 606 votes cast on Thursday, 810 votes cast on Friday, October 16 , and 635 votes on Monday Oct. 19.

Election day will be held on November 3rd.

Wait times have not been an issue at the polling site in Maverick County with approximately 78 voters being processed on average per hour.

Voting totals are expected to increase in the final days of voting in what will be numerous hotly contested races Including the Presidential race.

Registered voters are urged to go out and cast your vote.

There are approximately 33,050 registered voters in Maverick County.

Non essential travel restrictions to be extended

Officials are looking into the possibility of another 30 day extension on non-essential travel into the United States from Mexico.

Late last week, Mexican Federal Government Officials including Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations announced that it would be seeking to extend the restrictions onto November 22.

“After reviewing the development of foreign the spread of Covid-19 in both countries Mexico has pushed for the extension to go another month,” wrote the Secretary of Foreign Relations.

On Monday acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed the restrictionary extension.

“To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities,” tweeted Wolf.

It has now been 7 months since the United States Federal Government called for non-essential travel restrictions along both Borders.

The restrictionary measures along the United States Border with Mexico have really put on a strain on the local economies.

Local businesses have also seen the fall of commerce with many closing down for good due to the decrease in revenues.

Funeral service for Ex Sheriff Tomas S. Herrera

Services will be held at Yeager Barrera Mortuary at 1613 Del Rio Blvd. Eagle Pass Texas 78852

Visitation on Monday October 19th 2020 10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. at which time the procession will be going to the Catholic Cemetery

Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) sweeps all 16 Coahuila Congressional districts

In an election night upset, preliminary results are showing a huge sweep of all 16 Congressional Districts in neighboring state of Coahuila by the Mexican Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI.

The PRI upset the Morena Party (National Regeneration Movement) by a significant margin in the Congressional 2020 elections.

Subject arrested on Aggravated Kidnapping, Assault and Robbery charges

The Eagle Pass Police Department has arrested a male subject identified as 28-year-old Lazaro Jaime Melchor on numerous charges Including Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault with Bodily Injuries, and Aggravated Robbery.

Melchor was given a $100,000 bond , $40,000 on two charges and $20,000 on the other.

This incident occurred on Friday, October 9 when Police Officials responded to the Veterans Blvd overpass area where a female had allegedly been thrown out of a moving vehicle.

Upon arriving at the scene, EMS personnel made contact with a female who required medical attention.

EMS personnel and Police Department officers quickly triaged the female who was then transported to the Fort Duncan Regional Medical Centers Emergency Room for further treatment and evaluation.

EMS helicopter services were also summoned to transport the victim to a San Antonio Tx. Hospital.

Police Officials began an extensive search for a black vehicle that was reported to be involved in the tragic incident.

It’s important to note that an accused is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Female breaks into impound yard steals her own car

The Eagle Pass Police Department arrested a female subject this morning for breaking into Cantu’s Wrecker Service and taking a Ford Focus vehicle from its impoundment yard.

The incident occurred at around 9:00 am when patrolling officers were summoned to Cantu’s Wrecker Service Impoundment yard located on Main st in the downtown area regarding an individual who had jumped the fence and then drove off in her Ford Focus which had been impounded at Port of Entry No 2 the previous night.

Police were able to find the subject a few blocks away and affected an arrest.

Information provided shows that the female had been detained at the Port of Entry for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Early voting to start on Oct 13

Early voting will get underway on Tuesday, October 13 for the November 3rd Presidential election.

It’s scheduled to go through the 30th and registered voters are encouraged to take the time and vote.

The days and times for Early Voting in Maverick County are as follows;
Oct 13-16: 8 am – 5pm, Oct 19-23: 8am – 5pm,

Oct 24 will have special hours from 7am – 7pm. So will Oct 26-30: 7am – 7pm.

On Oct 25 people will only get to vote from 8am – 1pm.

Early voting will take place at the Eagle Pass Multi-purpose Center.

Voters will have numerous federal, state and local races to vote on.

That includes the United States Presidential election which has incumbents Rep. Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence going up against Dem. Joseph R. Biden / Kamala D. Harris, Lib. Jo Jorgensen / Jeremy “Spike” Cohen, and Grn. Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

Other races Include U. S. Senator
John Cornyn against Mary “Mj” Hegar, Lib. Kerry Douglas Mckennon
and Grn. David B. Collins.

In the U. S. Representative District 23, Dem. Gina Ortiz Jones is up against Tony Gonzalez and Beto Villela.

There are other races which includes a Chief Justice, Supreme Court race,
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 , Place 7, and Place 8.

A race for the Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3, Place 4, and Place 9 is also on the ballot.

A seat on the State Board of Education, District 1 is also being contested.

Texas Senator for District 19 Pete Flores is seeking re-election.

In the State Representative District 74 race, Eddie Morales is one step away from securing the win. He is going up against Rep. Ruben Falcon.

Locally there are several seats that are on the ballot but the candidates are running unopposed. They’re a sure win.

The Maverick County Hospital District and Eagle Pass Independent School District will also be holding elections during this time period.

State Senator Pete Flores honors fallen officer from COVID

© Infórmate, JGL – Texas Senator Pete Flores honored the life and service of Eagle Pass Peace Officer Santos Hernandez who lost his life to Covid-19.

Senator Flores met with Officer Hernandez’s wife Irene V. Hernandez on Thursday where he presented her with a Senate Proclamation in Memory of Santos Hernandez.

“WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins the citizens of Eagle Pass in mourning the loss of officer Santos Hernandez, who died August 16, 2020; and WHEREAS, known for his easy smile, his positive spirit, and his sincere concern for others, Santos Hernandez led a rewarding life of public service as a highly respected and much-beloved law
enforcement officer; and WHEREAS
Officer Hernandez began his career in law enforcement as a member of the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department; he went on to serve for many years in the Eagle Pass Police Department, and after retiring from the force, he joined the Eagle Pass Independent School District Police Department in 2018; and WHEREAS, Officer Hernandez was a welcome presence at Eagle Pass Junior High School, where he managed his day-to-day responsibilities with care and a joyful spirit; he was noted for his eagerness to help others, and he was a source of inspiration and strength to the school’s staff and students; and WHEREAS A devoted husband and father and a cherished servant of the Eagle Pass community, Santos Hernandez met each day with grace and exceptional courage, traits that persisted through his hard-fought battle with COVID-19, he was a treasured citizen, and he will long be remembered with respect and admiration by all who were privileged to share in his life; now,
therefore, be it PROCLAIMED, That the Senate of the State of Texas hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Santos Hernandez; and, be it further PROCLAIMED, That a copy of this Proclamation be prepared for his family as an expression of the deepest sympathy from the Texas Senate.”

Mrs. Hernandez thanked Senator Flores for recognizing her beloved husband who was a rock and the true words defining a peace officer.

“Yesterday Texas State Senate
Pete Flores, presented me with a
Senate Proclamation in memory of Santos Hernandez. I would like to thank the Texas Senate for honoring my husband, with this proclamation that describes Santos as a person. He will forever be missed,” stated Mrs Hernandez.

Subject arrested then released because he alledgedly had been exposed to Covid 19

The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department was involved in a bevy of Incidents in the early morning hours of Wednesday Including the arrest of a subject who was then let go supposedly because he has close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Maverick County Sheriff Department reports state that a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Cadillac SUV due to vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road.

Upon making contact with the driver, he displayed several signs of intoxication.

A Standardized Field Sobriety test was conducted on the driver in which he performed poorly.

The driver was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.

Upon arriving at the Tom Bowles Detention Center, the male subject was released due to claiming having close contact with a person positive for Covid-19.

The case will remain under investigation.