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Edinburg planning virtual parade for Veterans Day

The city of Edinburg announced that it will be honoring its local veterans with a virtual Veterans Day parade in November. The city is holding...

Dropping case activity still driving cautious optimism locally

Hidalgo County announced 31 COVID-19 related deaths and 115 additional cases on Monday, the first day of reporting virus data since Friday. As activity continues...

Starr County hospital projects revenue increases despite shortfalls

Because of limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, revenues for Starr County Memorial Hospital came in lower than expected, but hospital staff remained optimistic...

Courts wrangle on just when 2020 count is going to end

HARLINGEN — The 2020  census ends counting on Wednesday — or maybe not. U.S. Dist. Judge Lucy Koh of California’s Northern District issued a temporary restraining order...

McAllen opens commission chambers to public

McAllen eased its restrictions on commission meetings and opened them up to 50% in-person capacity Monday. The meetings will now be held virtually on Zoom...

Siblings’ candy, snack shop prevails despite challenges

HARLINGEN — What started out as selling candies at a garage sale and making $50 for a savings fund became a job and a...

Hidalgo Co. elections officials prep new poll workers for critical vote

EDINBURG — A group of over five dozen people sat in silence as they awaited for their training to begin Thursday. Wearing masks, the...

New nursing home debuts in Starr County

RIO GRANDE CITY — Tucked just south of the city's main traffic artery, a new nursing home is set to open here. Regency Integrated Health...

Hidalgo Co. lifts curfew guidance, urges delayed campus classes

A recommended curfew is no longer part of emergency orders signed by Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez on Friday, but the easing of...

Valley reports 29 more COVID-19 related deaths

At least 29 more Rio Grande Valley residents died due to complications related to COVID-19, county officials reported Friday. Hidalgo County officials reported 19 more people died from the disease while another 191 people tested positive for it. With the additional deaths, the total number of COVID-19 fatalities is now at 1,630, according to a news release issued by the county Friday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco ISD mulls air sanitization proposal

WESLACO — Trustees at Weslaco ISD considered a proposal to spend upwards of $1.8 million, and potentially more than $3 million, on air disinfection...

About 30% of Starr Co. cases within two weeks reportedly 19 years or younger

As Starr County students and parents prepare for the possibility of returning to classrooms, the Starr County Health Authority Dr. Antonio Falcon noted that...

McAllen mayor discusses priorities for next legislative session

McALLEN — The city will have to play defense when it comes to next year’s legislative session as state lawmakers deal with a potential...

State: On-campus instruction can be delayed another month in RGV

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ AND MATT WILSON | STAFF WRITERS The state announced Thursday that Rio Grande Valley schools will have the option to extend their transition...

Psychiatrist: Identify signs of suicidal thoughts in family and close friends

Stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase of suicidal patients at DHR Health Behavioral Hospital in Edinburg, according to one...

Hidalgo County virus death toll reaches 1,588

Another 25 additional deaths were reported in Hidalgo County on Wednesday, and county Judge Richard F. Cortez has expressed concern in a news release...

New voters register in Hidalgo Co. to mark national registration day

EDINBURG — One by one, the vehicles pulled up to the front of the new office of the Hidalgo County Elections Department, where they...

Valley officials anticipate changes to school reopening guidelines

Rio Grande Valley officials expect the state to make an announcement this week modifying procedures for school districts in areas that have been hardest...

Hidalgo ISD to test student-athletes, staff for COVID-19

HIDALGO — How will in-person classes start for Rio Grande Valley students this semester? If you’re an athlete, coach or teacher heading back to...

23 die from COVID-19 in Hidalgo County as nation reaches 200,000 death toll

Hidalgo County reported 23 more people dying due to complications associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday, news that comes the same day the United States...

Pandemic sends ripples through Valley higher ed enrollment

An unprecedented year has brought unprecedented changes to the enrollment numbers of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest higher education institutions, changes that are both...

Recent Wi-Fi projects connect nearly 10,000 McAllen students

McAllen ISD is expecting nearly 10,000 of its 21,650 students to have wireless internet access provided by the city of McAllen or Hidalgo County...

166 new virus cases over 3 days in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County had 30 people die from COVID-19 related complications and 166 new cases of the virus. The new cases and deaths are the total...

RGV school districts secure innovative equipment to fight COVID-19 spread

BROWNSVILLE — Many school districts across the Rio Grande Valley are making their final preparations to return to on-campus fall sports strength and conditioning...

Leaders mull cutting operations at virus centers

HARLINGEN — The state project that turned Casa de Amistad into a temporary COVID-19 recovery center might be cutting its operations amid low patient...

Feds allege fraud in FDA certificate tied to rapid virus tests

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ Highly coveted and scarcely produced rapid tests for COVID-19 arrived in South Texas in late March just as neighboring Laredo was entering...

Teacher sings parody to live COVID-19 blues

HARLINGEN — “You say quarantine is draining and you can’t go onnnnnnnn!” A grieving “King George,” a.k.a Alfonso Gonzalez, pouts, puts his hand up and...

More people testing for COVID-19 via method excluded from state data

The number of COVID-19 cases in the region is likely much higher than originally thought as more people are opting to be tested for...

30 RGV residents die due to COVID-19

Thirty more Rio Grande Valley residents died due to complications related to COVID-19, county officials announced Friday. Hidalgo County reported 22 people died due to...

Virus cases falling; Judge urges continued vigilance

At a press conference today, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said the county’s falling number of new COVID-19 cases is a good sign,...

Personal shoppers become the new delivery service

HARLINGEN — Whataburger and Chick-fil-A are two of the most popular Texas cravings, but they are also the main requests made by Mexican citizens. However,...

Texas House Democrats lay out healthcare priorities for next session

Faced with the impacts of the global pandemic, Democratic state legislators announced their healthcare priorities for the next legislative session while also taking the...

Officials watch for new wave as virus numbers still trending low

Officials have their eyes warily trained on the horizon as the pandemic continues to abate in the Rio Grande Valley. The Valley reported a total...

Abbott excludes Valley from loosening of coronavirus restrictions

By Patrick Svitek | Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that most of Texas will be able to loosen some coronavirus restrictions, including letting...

Cher sends video message of support to Hidalgo County

If Cher could turn back time, she might go back to the night in early March when she performed in Edinburg — a time...

Hidalgo County COVID-19 cases now surpass 30,000

What Hidalgo County termed as an “unexpected surge” has led to another COVID-19 milestone, with the county now exceeding 30,000 cases in the area. Twenty...

Unable to perform publicly, Folklorico dancer and director find ways to fuel passions

As often as he can, Adolfo Salinas, 29, drags a little wooden platform onto his back patio in Edinburg, slips on some shorts and...

289 more virus infections in RGV; 27 added to death toll

Hidalgo County announced Tuesday that 19 people died from COVID-19 and that an additional 202 people tested positive for the virus. The new deaths include...

Texas reports 2,595 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials on Monday reported 2,595 new cases of the coronavirus and 21 additional deaths. The Texas Department of State Health...

Hidalgo County officials spend $250K to safeguard elections

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners approved spending about a quarter-million dollars this month to make sure voting runs as smoothly and safely as possible...

COVID-19 claims 22 more lives in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County reported 22 additional COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total there to 1,431. “I urge all residents to continue taking precautions to...

State to change how it reports virus positivity rate

Texas health officials announced Monday they are changing the way the state reports a key metric used to evaluate the extent of coronavirus infection,...

Hidalgo Co. health authority says not so fast on returning to school this month

Although some Hidalgo County school districts have indicated tentative dates for the return of in-person instruction, whether students are allowed to come back to...

Sales tax receipts for cities plunge in July

HARLINGEN — Sales tax allocations to cities, counties and other taxing entities were sharply down in July after a strong June, perhaps indicating a...

Migrants continue to wait for asylum

A camp of asylum seekers along the Rio Grande in Matamoros has seen a significant reduction in population over the course of the COVID-19...

Falfurrias offers glimpse of Friday Night Lights in COVID-19 era

FALFURRIAS — It almost felt like fall in Falfurrias Friday. It was unseasonably cool out in the morning, cool enough to make people dig out...

Officials warn that COVID-19 related stats remain high

Although the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 keeps trending down, county and health officials warn that residents must remain vigilant to prevent...

Edinburg CISD repurposes buses, drivers to deliver meals, school supplies 

EDINBURG — The last time Juan Heredia drove a school bus full of students, it was March. Since the pandemic hit, the school bus driver...

Hidalgo County lifts shelter at home order

Hidalgo County’s shelter at home order was lifted to implement new protections for the arrival of Winter Texans, county Judge and Emergency Management Director...

Clinical trial still seeking 1,000 more participants

The lab conducting COVID-19 clinical trials in the Rio Grande Valley reached a milestone of more than 400 participants but is still in need...

Valley reports 37 more COVID-19 deaths

Throughout the Rio Grande Valley, county officials reported 37 more COVID-19 related deaths on Friday. Hidalgo County officials reported 26 residents died from complications related...

Valley reports 34 virus deaths 

Hidalgo County reported 21 virus deaths on Thursday, while neighboring Cameron County reported 13.  Hidalgo County’s death toll is now 1,355. “Hidalgo County shares heartfelt condolences...

Feelings of profound loss pervade during pandemic

Grief isn’t limited to death. It can come from the loss of a job, or the loss of financial security and routines. It can come...

Unemployed Texans will no longer receive extra $300 in weekly payments

By Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune Texans receiving unemployment benefits who qualified for an extra $300 in weekly jobless payments issued by the Trump administration will...

Edinburg’s creative approach leads Valley in Census response rate

EDINBURG — City leaders here are digging deep into their creativity to put together 2020 Census outreach efforts that, so far, appear to be...

43 more people die from COVID-19 in Valley

The Rio Grande Valley saw 43 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday.  Hidalgo County reported 23 of those fatalities Wednesday, raising the death toll there to...

Starr County health authority addresses confusion over COVID-19 data

Disparities between COVID-19 data reported by Starr County and data reported by the state have existed for months, but confusion over the numbers has...

362 new virus cases in RGV; 35 die

Hidalgo County confirmed 16 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 161 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Texas governor renews virus disaster declaration

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended the state’s disaster declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic as the state approaches...

Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said. There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school. “Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”  Read more at TheMonitor.com.

Spikes continue in Valley even as COVID-19 cases trend lower

The number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported daily is on a downward trend statewide, and while the same is true for the Rio Grande Valley the figures are relatively low as there are still sudden spikes. This only underscores the overall uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Hidalgo County averaged 322 new cases per day over the last two weeks, from Aug. 24 until Sept. 4. At the beginning of that period, on Aug. 24, the county reported 675 new cases, and then reported 191 new cases on Sept. 4, according to the reports issued by the county. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Hidalgo County confirms 23 more virus deaths, 141 new cases

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County reported 23 additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday along with 141 more positive cases of the virus. The new numbers bring the total number of people in the county who have died from COVID-19 to 1,295 and the tally of those who have contracted the disease to 28,732, a release from the county says. “We mourn the tragic loss of nearly two dozen more of our friends, families and neighbors,” Judge Richard F. Cortez wrote in the release. “Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the fall represents an active time of year for our community — when we return to school and work in force. But this fall is different and I urge residents to be mindful about avoiding crowds and staying home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave.” Read more at The Monitor.com.

Challenges remain for McAllen businesses amid virus

The pandemic has been ravaging the Rio Grande Valley for about six months. While hospitalizations have appeared to be on a decline, the effects...

Hidalgo Co. reports 22 COVID-19 deaths, 222 new cases

Hidalgo County reported 22 deaths related to COVID-19 in addition to 222 additional positive cases of the virus Sunday, county Judge Richard F. Cortez...

Front line physician prepared for pandemic

HARLINGEN — He’s taken the road less traveled, and it’s paying off — for many. Dr. Christopher Romero is on the COVID-19 front lines at...

Boy Scouts to hold annual fundraiser virtually

The Rio Grande Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be holding a fundraising event next week to help support the local scouting...

Community fridge looking for new home

A group of local volunteers seeking to assist with food insecurity issues is searching for a new home for its communal refrigerator, which had...

Sales tax collections plunge again for August

HARLINGEN — One month after July gains buoyed hopes of a sustained state economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, August sales tax collection...

57 deaths reported in Cameron County

Cameron County reported 57 deaths related to COVID-19 in addition to 91 new positive cases of the virus, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr announced...

Delayed test results raise total RGV cases by more than 500 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for some counties in the Rio Grande Valley is higher than previously reported after a backlog of test...

Cameron beaches closed for Labor Day

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County parks and beach access will remain closed through the Labor Day weekend, though they will begin reopening the day after. That’s...

Officials warn a Labor Day COVID-19 spike could linger

HARLINGEN — Officials are warning residents to take precautions during the Labor Day weekend to avoid spiking COVID-19 case levels that took months to...

Grateful medical community gives nurses who joined virus fight hero’s sendoff

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ There was no time for a hero’s welcome when hundreds of Krucial Staffing Firm nurses arrived on rush order to a COVID-19...

Another 85 people die from COVID-19, more than 300 new cases reported

At least 85 more Rio Grande Valley residents died due to complications related to COVID-19, health officials reported Friday. Hidalgo County reported 17 more people...

388 new COVID-19 cases in RGV as 37 more die 

Hidalgo County confirmed 25 deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll there to 1,233.  The youngest among the individuals is a 30-year-old...

SBA offers low-interest loans to recover from Hanna

Residents and businesses across the Rio Grande Valley and beyond will now be able to apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business...

Health official: Don’t let Labor Day weekend be another source of virus infections

Spikes in COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County this summer can be traced back to holidays, county Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez said. Most notably...

38 die as 370 more cases of COVID-19 emerge in RGV

Hidalgo County confirmed 23 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the death toll there to 1,208.  The youngest among the individuals who died...

Starr County suspends small business grant program

Faced with a growing number of COVID-19 related deaths, Starr County commissioners decided to allocate more funds toward grants for funeral expenses by suspending...

Starr County launches COVID-19 education program for children

Children across the Rio Grande Valley are back at school, figuratively speaking, to start or resume their education within the limitations of a global...

308 new virus cases in RGV as 24 die

Hidalgo County announced 14 COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total to 1,185. The county also confirmed 131 more people testing positive for the...

Valley educators face daunting school year

EDINBURG — Linda Davila-Macal, a seventh grade reading teacher at BL Garza Middle School, did not start the school year on the right foot. She’d...

Starr County hospital sees 18% revenue decline from previous year

COVID-19 has affected at least 2,782 Starr County residents and killed 134 of them so far, according to the Department of State Health Services.  But...

Officials urge vigilance as Hidalgo Co. virus cases decline

Hidalgo County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases decrease in recent days, but while this is good news it has local officials worried...

Lifelong romance continues at appropriate social distance

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the logistics but not the dynamics of the lifelong love affair between Jacobo Garcia, 78, and his wife Aurora,...

Home gym industry seeing sales skyrocket

McALLEN – It didn't take David De Leon and his wife long to talk about their health and fitness options when COVID-19 reared its...

In new COVID-19 report, Hidalgo County sees ‘lowest numbers seen in weeks’

Hidalgo County reported six deaths related to COVID-19 and 156 new positive cases of the virus on Sunday, a notable decline in virus activity...

Getting flu shot this year more important than ever

Health experts are warning against the possibility of a “twindemic” come flu season this fall. Influenza is a dangerous but preventable virus, and the...

Betting my life on return to sports

I love living life to its fullest. However, I have Type 2 Diabetes. I fight congestive heart failure. I’m overweight, and I’m 54 years old....

Cameron County reports 10 deaths related to virus

Cameron County reported 10 additional COVID-19 related deaths in addition to 106 new positive cases of the virus, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced...

Social distancers may want to buy hunting, fishing licenses online

HARLINGEN — Hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of the month, and for those practicing social distancing, buying online for 2020-21 may...

Lower Valley artist finds reinvention in times of COVID-19

BROWNSVILLE — Liliana Ede recently opened her exhibit "Amor Fo" at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and said the abstract work is meant...

Sharyland ISD lends dozens of desks and chairs to students

For the first two weeks of school, sixth-grader Christopher Rebullosa was attending his online classes from the couch in his living room. Because of the...

21 more Valley residents die from COVID-19

At least 21 more Rio Grande Valley residents died due to complications related to COVID-19, officials reported Friday. Hidalgo County reported 11 residents died due...

UT chancellor in town, hails UTRGV’s virus response and student support

EDINBURG — University of Texas System Chancellor James B. Milliken visited UTRGV’s Edinburg campus Thursday as part of a three-day tour. The visit comes...

Hanna’s rains may produce bumper dove season

HARLINGEN — Despite the millions of dollars in property and crop damage caused by Hurricane Hanna, the extra rainfall dropped across the Valley may...

Hidalgo, Cameron see 23 deaths, 593 new virus cases

Fifteen additional deaths due to COVID-19, along with 471 new cases of the virus, were confirmed in Hidalgo County on Thursday.  The death toll there...

UTRGV School of Medicine participates in short film adaptation of book advising children about power of following safety measures

“What does COVID-19 look like?” “So we can’t fight it because we can’t see it?” These are the questions Sara asks her mother in the children’s...

655 new virus cases in Hidalgo County; 9 die

Hidalgo County confirmed nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 655 new cases of the virus.  The county’s death toll is now...

12 more die in Cameron County as virus cases grow by 548

A dozen more deaths due to the coronavirus in Cameron County were confirmed Wednesday.  The death toll there is now 548, according to a news...

State cuts McAllen makeshift hospital in half as hospitalizations decline

McALLEN — Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is dismantling half of the alternate healthcare facility inside the convention center here after treating only...

Boys & Girls Club of McAllen provides virtual classrooms to children of frontline workers

McALLEN — Many schools throughout the country have begun the new school year while attempting to adhere to social distancing practices, and many schools...

National/World News

Abbott orders bars shut amid surge in confirmed virus cases

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott shut down bars in Texas again on Friday and scaled back restaurant dining, the most dramatic reversals yet...

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN — Texas health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease...

Texas hair salons to reopen Friday, gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott will allow hair salons in Texas to reopen Friday — and gyms will be allowed to open...

Census says restart to field operations will be in phases

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau's return to field operations for the 2020 national head count will take...

Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip

NEW YORK — Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to...

College seniors face job worries, family stress amid virus

Sent home from college because of the coronavirus outbreak, Carter Oselett is back in his childhood bedroom, paying rent on an empty apartment near...

Reports suggest many have had coronavirus with no symptoms

A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fueling hope that it will turn out...

As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

ATLANTA — Scrambling to address voting concerns during a pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back opportunities for...

Lockdowns ease worldwide, but political heat rises in US

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tattoo parlors and hair salons in Denmark. Beaches in Australia. Bookstores in Germany. Countries around the world that have seen...

Texas governor begins easing restrictions to reopen economy

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday began a slow reopening of Texas with orders that allow retail shops to sell items curbside,...

`LIBERATE!’: Trump goads states to lift virus restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after laying out a roadmap for gradually reviving economic activity, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “LIBERATE” three...

Record 22 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

WASHINGTON — The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last...

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

WASHINGTON — Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus piled up Wednesday...

As lockdowns ease, virus fears persist for shoppers, workers

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The first tentative steps in winding back economically crippling coronavirus restrictions in Europe are running into resistance. Shoppers are staying away...

In nod to governors, Trump walks back total authority claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he’s open to some states “reopening” before federal social distancing guidelines expire at the end of month, as he...

Hopeful birdsong, foreboding sirens: A pandemic in sound

NEW YORK — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. The coronavirus crisis has drastically transformed the world in sound....

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson’s...

Faint glimmers of hope as virus deaths slow in places

NEW YORK — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York appears to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

NEW YORK — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, and the...

The beat goes on: Locked-down Berlin clubs take party online

BERLIN — Locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nightclubs in the German capital have decided to keep the beat going — at...

Spain’s hospitals at breaking point, US cities brace

MADRID — Bells tolled in Madrid's deserted central square and flags were lowered in a day of mourning Monday as Spain raced to build...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this...

3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — nearly five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid...

Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement Wednesday on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers...

LA County reports first possible death of a coronavirus patient under 18 as COVID-19 cases top 660

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County confirmed four more deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Tuesday, including what appears to be the first fatality...

Trump says he hopes US will be reopened by Easter amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — With lives and the economy hanging in the balance, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the country will be...

Congress closing in on nearly $2 trillion virus aid package

WASHINGTON — Top congressional and White House officials say they expect to reach a deal Tuesday on a nearly $2 trillion measure aimed at...

Over 1.5 billion globally told to stay home to avoid virus

NEW YORK (AP) — With masks, ventilators and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the world’s population was ordered or...

Hunt for medical gear to fight virus becomes all-consuming

PARIS — The hunt for masks, ventilators and other medical supplies consumed the U.S. and Europe on Monday, as new coronavirus infections soared and...

Trump moves on invoking powers to spur virus supplies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak,...

US and Mexico to curb border travel to control coronavirus

SAN DIEGO — Mexico and the U.S. announced plans Friday to sharply limit travel over their busy shared border as part of efforts to...

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton learned Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, he told ESPN. Payton is...

Texas governor orders schools closed and bans dine-in eating

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools closed statewide Thursday until at least until April 3 and a ban on dine-in eating and...

Trump works to steady nation over coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump worked to steady a fearful nation, reporting Thursday on therapeutic drugs that might hold potential to treat those...

‘Quarantine shaming’: US navigates radical new social norms

The chairman of Arizona's Asian Chamber of Commerce didn't see much downside to attending a small dinner at a local restaurant to bolster the...

Italian virus death toll nears China’s as outbreak spreads

ROME — The Chinese city where the coronavirus first took hold reported no new homegrown cases Thursday, while the death toll in Italy was...

US Census Bureau suspends field operations on virus concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A week after starting its 2020 count, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday suspended field operations for two weeks out...

Trump invokes act to marshal private sector against virus

WASHINGTON — Managing dual health and economic crises, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will invoke emergency powers that allow the government to...

Trump: US, Canada to close border to nonessential travel

TORONTO — The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, and the...

Sources: White House seeks $850 billion economic stimulus

WASHINGTON — The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus to address the economic cost of the new coronavirus. The request...

Universal moves new releases to on-demand, AMC limits crowds

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic has cracked Hollywood's traditional theatrical window. With theaters increasingly shuttering nationwide, Universal Pictures on Monday said it will...

US tells older people to stay home, all ages to avoid crowds

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants...

MLB pushes back opening day to mid-May at earliest

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close his country’s border to non-citizens amid pandemic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close the border to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trudeau...

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic,...

Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirement

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday shelved the state's requirement for high-stakes standardized testing, with hundreds of school districts having already canceled...

CDC recommends canceling gatherings of 50 or more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The dramatic recommendation Sunday night came Americans struggled to come to terms with how to change their daily habits. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Important Lists

Testing locations in Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr counties

Free testing for COVID-19 is available at several locations in the Rio Grande Valley. Symptoms for the coronavirus include fever and chills, cough, fatigue, body...

Current Reopening Guidelines

As the state, counties and cities begin to attempt to reopen, we'll post their provided guidelines here. If a document for your city is not...

Valley schools roll out meals to-go programs

Following campus closures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, most Rio Grande Valley school districts have instituted meal pick-up programs to ensure that local students receive a meal despite campus closures. Many districts have established pick-up locations at multiple campuses and are serving thousands of meals daily. On Tuesday, Sharyland ISD reported serving over 4,000 meals and McAllen ISD reported serving over 8,000. “The programs are important because we want to make sure that as we are in this virtual environment where our students are learning from home that they still have an opportunity for a nutritious meal so they can work at their full potential and get their work done,” McAllen Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Several Upper Valley cities make disaster declarations

Local municipalities are taking proactive measures to help ensure that resources are available to local constituents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following emergency...

List of local businesses that have changed hours, closures

The following businesses are changing their hours, closing or making other adjustments because of the coronavirus. This list will be updated as needed. Chick-fil-A Temporary Closure...

Area schools announce closures through April

School districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley are extending their spring break closures to April as calls to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people intensify. Each district will continue to remain in communication with parents, students and staff to plan how they will continue past April. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Rundown of local businesses offering curbside pick-up

The following local businesses have implemented a curbside pick-up option as a precautionary measure to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus. >> Bonhomia, 920 N. Main St., Suite 160 in McAllen. Open Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call or DM them on Instagram to place an order. (956) 627-0594 >> Grind Coffee Co., 315 W. University Dr., Edinburg. They will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the next few weeks. Text or call to place a curbside order and set a pick-up time: (956) 888-7810 Read the full story at themonitor.com.