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Citizens still not taking life-saving restrictions seriously

Law Enforcement Authorities have issued out 29 citations to individuals for not following restrictions set
forth under a declaration of disaster due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes reported that the infractions have been carried by law enforcement officials working the COVID-19 operation to assure that restrictions are adhered to.

Mayor Sifuentes added that another 165 individuals and businesses have received warnings.

The task force which consists of Eagle Pass Police Department, Maverick County Sheriffs Office, EPISD Police Department, and Pct 3 AB Constables Office have established a data base which will provide information on those who have been cited and received warnings for future references.

Law enforcement officials will continue patrolling and monitoring all areas of the community to assure that all restrictions are being followed.

Actualización informativo sobre COVID-19

Los funcionarios públicos de el condado de Maverick y ciudad de Eagle Pass realizaron una conferencia de prensa el viernes 3 de abril en la que informaron que ahora hay 6 casos positivos del virus COVID-19.

Dos de esos casos han sido reportados como recuperados y eliminados por dshs y 4 permanecen en cuarentena y observación.

Hasta ahora ha habido 219 individuos evaluados con 6 resultados positivos, 158 resultados negativos y 55 pruebas pendientes.

Friday, April 3 update on COVID-19

Public Officials held a press conference on Friday April 3rd in which they reported that there are now 6 positive cases for the COVID-19 virus.

Two of those cases have been reported as now recovered and cleared by dshs and 4 remain under quarantine and observation.

Up to now there have been 219 individuals tested with 6 positive results, 158 negative results and 55 tests pending.

CBP Announces Temporary Modifications to Hours of Operation at Select South Texas International Bridges

LAREDO, Texas– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Laredo Field Office, in agreement with Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) and bridge owners advise that they will be modifying the hours of operation for vehicular traffic at select international bridges within LFO operational area, which extends from Brownsville to Del Rio, Texas.

The impact of COVID-19 has altered cross border activity, which has seen a significant decrease in vehicular traffic as travelers have adjusted to new norms. CBP and SAT will be implementing necessary measures in compliance with federal social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our workers and the traveling public.

“These temporary hours changes will enable CBP and SAT to maximize resources, continue our ability to provide essential services to the public and observe necessary safety requirements for our employees across the Laredo Field Office area of operations,” said Randy J. Howe, Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office.

Commencing on April 6, 2020, the following hours of operation for processing of northbound passenger vehicle traffic become effective:

Eagle Pass International Bridge I: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Falcon Dam International Bridge: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (since April 2).

Rio Grande City International Bridge: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anzalduas International Bridge: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday. At 4 p.m. the port will cease processing operations and all northbound and southbound traffic will cease.

Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

B&M International Bridge: 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

At Amistad Dam International Bridge, international traffic will be temporarily suspended on April 4.

At crossings with reduced hours of operation, those who still need to travel internationally are directed to the next nearest crossing with longer or 24-hour service.

To avoid any potential delays, CBP encourages travelers to download the CBP Border Wait Times App through their mobile device. The CBP Border Wait Times app displays live estimated wait times and open lane statuses at U.S. land ports of entry.

Hurd Announces $612,900 in Indian Housing Grants Due to COVID-19 – Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) today announced $612,900 in Indian Housing Block Grants for the cities of Eagle Pass and El Paso. These funds are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic legislation and will provide Native American tribes vital funds to prevent, prepare for and respond to the virus.

“Every community in the U.S., no matter the size, is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including everyone in the 23rd congressional district of Texas. Congress has worked to provide aid to help everyone from those unemployed, to small businesses, to our tribes. As the representative with more tribes in the district than any other Texas congressman, I felt it was essential to ensure our tribes were granted resources to deal with this virus. Today’s grants will provide $612,900 to tribes in Texas’ 23rd district to address coronavirus. By working together, we will all make it through this crisis,” said Hurd.

The following grants were awarded:

• City of Eagle Pass: $62,981

• City of El Paso: $549,919

Community Task Force enforces current Declaration of Disaster regulations

The Community Law Enforcement Task Force which consists of Officials from the Eagle Pass Police Department, Maverick County Sheriff’s Department and Constable Office pct 3AB announced that as of Wednesday, April 1st, two businesses have been shut down and two individuals have been given citations for not following the restrictions set in place as part of the community wide Declaration of Disaster.

EPPD Lieutenant Amy Gonzalez reported that enforcement efforts will continue throughout the community.

Gonzalez did explain that the task force has been given the task to assure that everyone follows the restrictions. She added that people can get cited and face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail.

The task force will be keeping a tab of anyone who is caught and possibly be given a warning. If they are caught breaking the law again then they will be fined and even incarcerated.

As of Wednesday morning, both the City of Eagle Pass and Maverick County set tighter restrictions for community residents due to the growing dangers of the COVID-19 virus.

As of Tuesday, March 31st both governmental entities in unison called for a Shelter in Place order which comes with multiple restrictions and enforcement for anyone who does not follow such order.

Law officials, as part of an Enforcement Task force created at the beginning of the week began to visit stores, businesses and other locations to assure that owners, employees understood the restrictions to help officials instill full enforcement efforts.

You are reminded that if you are caught not following restrictions you will be fined and could face up to 180 days of incarceration.

Coronavirus affects us all

The reality of the Coronavirus continues to slowly creep up as we are truly faced with its potential consequences and the ever-changing world, as we knew it.

During this time many of us, have taken to staying home and only living the comfort of our homes to go seek the essentials. For others that is not an option as we must continue working while doing everything possible in avoiding crowds, and being extra careful with what you come in contact with.

Today, like many of us, I had to run to our HEB store to get some very much-needed groceries.

What I saw, in all honesty was eye-opening. As what’s accustomed to being seen on weekends, this time there were few individuals, all pushing a cart to assure some distancing from others as per store requirements. I will say HEB has truly stepped it up to protect its customers, and employees during this troubled time.

As I continued to shop, yes the grocery list did include toiletries, I ran into one individual all dressed up in his best western wear, cowboy vest Included but something was different. He had a medical protective mask on.

I saw this as a moment of reflection that I felt must be shared with anyone who reads our news articles.

If this man, who wears on his head such a strong symbol of the rugged spirit of the American West, is taking such precautionary measures then why don’t we all.

I approached the man who tipped his hat at me, making sure I was at least 6 feet away from him and introduced myself to him.

I then asked him on his thoughts on our current situation and reality and his decision to wear the protective mask.

He then stated that he was a man of very few words but that the reality is “we need to understand that for some this could be death.”

The United States now has more Coronavirus cases than any other Country in the world.

As of March 31, 2020, there are 136,838 positive cases with 2,413 deaths.

Of those 136,838 cases 4,430 people have recovered.

Locally, there have been 159 people tested with 4 positive result and 79 negative results.

There are approximately 76 tests that are pending results.

Let us all work together to stop the potential spread of this virus.

Please do everything possible to follow the restrictions set in place by our public officials.