Cameron County residents are being ordered to shelter in place. County Judge Eddie Trevino issued the order Monday afternoon, toughening for a second time the restrictions laid out in the disaster declaration that took effect last Friday in an initiative to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The superceding order requires residents countywide to stay in their homes unless you have to travel for what is deemed an essential reason. Those exemptions include traveling for work, for groceries, medications, personal caregiving, among others. The order will be in effect for 14 days starting midnight Wednesday, and is subject to being extended. The shelter-in-place order will be enforced with a fine of up to $1,000.
There have been 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cameron County.
Cameron County becomes another of a handful of Texas counties, including Dallas and McLennan, to issue shelter-in-place orders to keep the highly-contagious coronavirus from spreading.