LAREDO – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $39,141,025 in federal funds for the State of Texas to assist in efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This funding, awarded through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will be used to pay for additional resources and support efforts to fight COVID-10 in Texas, including enhanced contact tracing, data surveillance, and increase testing capacity.
PHARR – At a virtual press conference held Tuesday, Pharr City leaders and local school district leaders announced the launch of the 2020 Census Complete Count Initiative which includes the opening of Pharr's new Community Census Headquarters and a new partnership with school districts. The City of Pharr continues its efforts to collaborate with local school districts to ensure that all families in the community are counted in the 2020 Census, especially now as the city and schools, like others around the nation, are facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
McALLEN – In an effort to provide support to local restaurants, McAllen Public Utility will be waiving wastewater surcharges through the end of July 2020. Wastewater surcharges are assessed to compensate for the extra treatment that must be conducted due to excess grease or industrial waste collected into the wastewater systems and treated at the wastewater treatment plant. MPU is relaxing the requirement to have grease traps cleaned every 90 days due to less volume of wastewater coming from these businesses.
BROWNSVILLE – U.S Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged heroin and marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $69,539, hidden within 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor.
EDINBURG –– National healthcare organizations have seen shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) supply during the COVID-19 global pandemic. DHR Health anticipated the needs and established a PPE Conservation Team to provide innovative methods to create and sustain adequate PPE in order to maintain a safe environment for their patients, workforce and community during this pandemic.