Valley congressmen ask Gov. Abbott to shut the state down hoping to slow the spread of coronavirus

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On Wednesday, Rio Grande Valley congressmen Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela asked Texas Governor Greg Abbott to shutdown the state hoping to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

During a news conference in Washington D.C., Gonzalez brought attention to the death rate in Hidalgo County saying people are dying at two and a half times the rate of those across the state.

Congressman Vela, who covers Willacy, Cameron and parts of Hidalgo County, said: "So if ever there was a time to issue a stay-at-home order it is now, and it can’t come soon enough because only more people will die if that doesn’t happen."

So far there hasn’t been a response from Governor Abbott to this press conference.


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