REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – A team of 250 nurses are screening everyone that crosses into Tamaulipas from Texas at 15 land ports of entry.

The medical workers are checking the body temperature of those making the southbound journey, applying antibacterial gel to the visitors and checking their travel patterns in order to identify possible health risks. 

A red flag will be raised if visitors have come from overseas or coronavirus hotspots in the United States, such as New York.

Every visitor is being checked, including truck drivers, those in passengers vehicles, those riding a bus, and pedestrians. 

The Tamaulipas Health State Office, the State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks, and the Ministry of Social Welfare say these “sanitary filters” are necessary to lessen the chances of the coronavirus entering Mexico.

Tamaulipas has 17 land ports of entry. The two bridges that do not yet have medical screenings will get them, once logistical questions have been worked out. 

Tamaulipas currently has five positive cases of COVID-19. To learn more about the virus, Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca has been in touch with a hospital in Verona, Italy.

On Saturday, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to limit border crossings to essential travel only. 

Gov. García Cabeza de Vaca stressed that the international bridges are open for trade and commerce.