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Coronavirus news of the century Hidalgo County implements protocols

Latest news isn’t good: a positive COVID-19 test reported in Laredo and Tampico, Tamaulipas. The bad part about the Laredo case is that it is considered “community spread,” meaning the patient had no history of travel or contact with an infected person, and she is only 40 years old, a teacher at a Laredo elementary school. That comes courtesy of KGNS.TV. Four more cases are still pending. According to the KGNS story, the teacher showed no symptoms prior to spring break. Most parents, however, probably already know that people who show absolutely no symptoms can still be infected and contagious. Down Mexico way, Tamaulipas state officials said Monday that a 55-yearold man living in Tampico had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Both the Laredo woman and the Tampico man are under quarantine. So, do you feel like I do? You’ve just woken up to an episode of “The Walking Dead?” Only thing missing are the zombies. When you see headlines calling today’s life “surreal,” most of us get what it means. The world we knew is no mas. Life doesn’t seem real. How long before it gets restored to “normal,” who knows. When the casinos close in Vegas as they did Monday, yep, you know something is up. Some, though, are apparently still open as of March 17, which includes: Caesars Palace, The Flamingo, and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. I’m guessi n g , though, that those casinos and the others that stayed open aren’t full of gamblers. In local news, well, besides your usual crime reports, there isn’t any, other than everything is shutting down. Pharr’s HubPhest, Weslaco’s Texas Onion Fest, music concerts, the Mercedes Livestock Show, etc. All have been banned after Hidalgo County (commissioners court) placed a ban Monday on gatherings of 50 or more. The Livestock show, by the way, has run continuously for the past 81 years. So, when people who tend to downplay this novel coronavirus global pandemic – “We’ve seen this before” – no, we haven’t. The death ratio may still be low, although by my tally, approximately 7,000 people worldwide have contracted the disease in the past seven hours, but if its exponential spread isn’t slowed, the healthcare system will be overrun, as is the case now in Italy, and sick people can’t get help. The medical staff will have to choose who gets the ventilator: the 75-year-old man or the 45-year-old man? There won’t ...

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