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Hidalgo County judge plans to issue new 'stay-at-home' order Monday

1 year 2 months 1 day ago Sunday, July 19 2020 Jul 19, 2020 July 19, 2020 5:40 PM July 19, 2020 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez plans to issue a "stay-at-home" order on Monday.

Cortez previewed the plan Sunday during a Facebook live discussion hosted by Hidalgo County.

"I believe that if we shut it down for two weeks for non-essential people to stay at home — we continue to take these precautions in place — we're going to slow down the spread of this thing and, ultimately, take control of it," Cortez said.

Some parts of the stay-at-home order, however, may not be enforceable.

Orders from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott supersede orders from local leaders, including county judges. Abbott has consistently rejected calls for a new, statewide stay-at-home order.

Cortez said he's hopeful that Hidalgo County residents will voluntarily comply with the order.

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