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Bridge Crossing Times sharply increased as July 4th weekend started

Waiting times to cross the Eagle Pass Port of Entries into Mexico went on for hours starting early Friday morning.

The long wait times and lines of a majority United States citizens were caused by several actions taken along the border including in Acuna.

On Thursday, Mexican officials reported that they would no longer be allowing for U.S. Citizens to cross into their area through the Del Rio Port of Entries for non-essential travel to help stop the COVID-19 Virus spread.

Hours later, Government officials in Piedras Negras sent out a memo in which they implemented stringent crossing guidelines which include a questionnaire and health checks as well.

Long lines of vehicles began forming in Eagle Pass since early and continued throughout most of the night.

Crossing into Mexico through Eagle Pass is now taking hours as officials continue looking for ways to curb non-essential travel.

Law enforcement officials in Eagle Pass were lined up at almost every intersection through Garrison St, Main St. and along El Indio Highway in attempts to direct traffic as travelers waited for hours to cross the U.S./ Mexico Border.

Numerous travelers stated that they had traveled from Del Rio into Eagle Pass to cross into Mexico for the 4th of July holiday.

Eagle Pass ISD personnel tests positive for COVID-19

Superintendent Samuel Mijares confirmed that personnel at the Eagle Pass ISD Central Office tested positive for COVID-19. Up to now 6 persons who had direct contact with this individual have been tested and have tested negative. Contact tracing and further investigation is currently being conducted. This is the third positive case that the EPISD has had in the past two months.

Municipality of Piedras Negras releases statement on increased COVID measures

Piedras Negras Municipal Government has issued out an advisory to all United States Citizens looking to ingress into their community.

“Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the region, more extensive questionnaires will be implemented on the state of health of visitors from the United States who enter Piedras Negras through both international bridges.”

“For this reason, we ask foreign visitors to cooperate when answering this questionnaire and to be aware that this will cause longer lines, so the crossing time could be extended for several hours.”

“We remind you that in Coahuila it is mandatory to wear a face mask when you are on public roads and those who do not wear it will be penalized with a fine of 200 pesos for each person who does not wear a face mask.”

“We reiterate the call to all citizens and visitors to only leave home for essential trips and that if you take care of yourself, we all take care of each other.”

Use una cubrebocas o se le cobrará una multa de $250

Funcionarios públicos locales anunciaron que según la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador de Texas Greg Abbott que comenzará a las 12 pm del viernes 3 de julio, todos los que se encuentren en público de 10 años en adelante deberán usar una máscara facial.La orden del gobernador Abbott también otorga a las agencias policiales locales el derecho de multar a cualquier persona que no cumpla.Abbott emitió hoy una Orden Ejecutiva que exige que todos los tejanos usen una cubreboca que cubra la nariz y la boca en espacios públicos en condados con 20 o más casos positivos de COVID-19, con pocas excepciones.El Gobernador también emitió una proclamación que otorga a los alcaldes y jueces del condado la capacidad de imponer restricciones en algunas reuniones al aire libre de más de 10 personas, y hace obligatorio que, con ciertas excepciones, las personas no puedan estar en grupos mayores de diez y deben mantener seis pies de distanciamiento social de los demás.Se espera que el juez del condado de Maverick, David Saucedo, y el alcalde de Eagle Pass, Luis Sifuentes, y sus equipos legales emitan órdenes bajo el sello de su gobierno en los próximos días.”Se ha demostrado que usar una máscara para la cara en público es una de las formas más efectivas de reducir la propagación de COVID-19″, dijo el gobernador Abbott. “Tenemos la capacidad de mantener abiertos los negocios y hacer avanzar nuestra economía para que los tejanos puedan seguir ganando un sueldo, pero requiere que cada uno de nosotros haga nuestra parte para protegernos unos a otros, y eso significa usar una máscara en los espacios públicos. Asimismo, las grandes reuniones contribuyen claramente al aumento de los casos de COVID-19. Restringir el tamaño de las reuniones de grupos fortalecerá la capacidad de Texas para acorralar este virus y mantener a los tejanos a salvo “.“Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de frenar la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener seguras a nuestras comunidades. Si los tejanos se comprometen a usar cubiertas para la cara en los espacios públicos y siguen las mejores prácticas de salud y seguridad, podemos reducir la propagación de COVID-19 y mantener a Texas abierto para los negocios “, agregó Abbott”. Insto a todos los tejanos a que se cubran la cara en público, no solo por su propia salud, sino también por la salud de sus familias, amigos y de todos nuestros colegas tejanos “.El condado de Maverick ha estado viendo una cantidad exorbitante de casos nuevos a raíz de las órdenes del gobernador de reabrir todos los aspectos de la economía.Los funcionarios locales del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia han declarado en múltiples ocasiones que la mayoría de los casos se derivan de infecciones relacionadas con la familia y de reuniones de 10 personas o más que no siguen ningún tipo de medidas de distanciamiento social.

Wear a mask or face a $250 fine

Local Public Officials announced that as per Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order beginning at 12 pm on Friday, July 3rd everyone out in public of the ages 10 years and older will be required to wear a face mask.Governor Abbott’s order also gives local law enforcement agencies the right to fine anyone who is not in compliance.Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes and their legal teams are expected to issue out orders under their Government seal in the following days.“Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe.”“ We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business,” added Abbott.” I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”Maverick County has been seeing an exorbitant amount of new cases in the wake of the Governor’s orders to re-open all aspects of the economy.Local officials at the Emergency Operation Center have stated on multiple occasions that the majority of cases are stemming from family related infections and of gatherings of 10 people or more who are not following any type of social distancing measures.

Actualización informativo sobre COVID en el condado de Maverick

El condado de Maverick hasta el martes 30 de junio tiene una tasa de infección del 7% para el virus COVID-19 con 440 casos positivos.

Tenemos una tasa de mortalidad del 0.7% (3 muertes) con una tasa negativa del 81.7% (5,115 resultados negativos) y un 39.5% tasa de recuperación con 174 personas recuperadas.

Hemos tenido 6,261 pruebas realizadas o alrededor del 10.7% de nuestra población total de 58,722.

Con 706 o aproximadamente 11.3% de resultados pendientes.

Maverick County COVID update

Maverick County as of Tuesday, June 30 has a 7% infection rate for the COVID-19 Virus with 440 positive cases.

We are at a 0.7% mortality rate (3 deaths) with a 81.7% negative rate (5,115 negative results) and a 39.5% recovery rate with 174 people recovered.

We have had 6,261 tests conducted or about 10.7% of our total 58,722 population.

With 706 or about 11.3% of results pending.

CBP seizes $11 million in Meth

Eagle Pass Customs and Border Protection agents seized a shipment of $11 million worth of methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry No 2 International Bridge.

The seizure occurred last Saturday, June 27, when CBP officers assigned to the bridge sent a 1998 commercial bus for a secondary review.

Officers discovered 32 packets in cans containing 565.88 pounds (0.26 t) of liquid methamphetamine hidden within the bus floor area.

The narcotics have an estimated value of $11,317,534.

Federal agents confiscated the narcotics along with the bus. The case was turned over to special Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further investigation.

“Ensuring the passenger environment is a critical mission for CBP, and this significant seizure of methamphetamine underscores the need for our officers to always be vigilant and aware of the threat of narcotics while facilitating legal travel,” said the Port Director at Eagle Pass, Paul Del Rincon.

Tercer muerte debido al COVID-19 reportado en el condado de Maverick

Durante el fin de semana, se informó a el EOC del condado de Maverick que se reportó una tercera muerte relacionada con COVID.

El EOC confirmó que la tercera muerte fue una mujer de 74 años.

A partir de las 5pm del viernes 26 de junio de 2020, el recuento total de casos para el Condado de Maverick es de 326.

Third COVID-19 Fatality reported

Over the weekend the Maverick County EOC was advised that a third COVID related fatality was reported.

The EOC confirmed that the 3rd fatality was a 74 year old female.

As of 5pm Friday, June 26, 2020 the total case count for Maverick County stands at 326.