Hello Brownsville. When you elected me to represent you and your families, that came with a responsibility. 

A responsibility not to tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. To make the tough decisions that are in the best interest of our city, based on facts, not feelings. I take that responsibility very seriously. 

So, here it is. We at the city need to do better. Our world is facing a global pandemic. A pandemic that we as a city are doing our best to contain and stop spreading. 

This has caused us to impose requirements that may seem tedious or bothersome, but are extremely necessary to protect the public health of our city and our families. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing facial coverings, to practice social distancing, to wash your hands. If you are sick, call your doctor and isolate yourself at home. 

Following these guidelines is our responsibility to ourselves, our families and each other. Because we are not back to normal. Confirmed cases have not slowed down. They are going up. 

I know this has not been easy but I can assure you that your cooperation is extremely necessary. It may be the difference between life and death. 

No matter your age or your health condition, no one is exempt from this virus. Together we can mitigate this. Together we can slow the spread. Together we can work towards getting Brownsville back to a new and improved normal. 

As a city we set up drive-thru testing and you can access that at BTXcares.com. UTRGV also has a drive-thru facility and is servicing the public. You can see their website at UTRGV. If you have symptoms I encourage you to visit BTXcares.com and complete the online questionnaire. If you do not have Internet access, call 546-HELP.

I want to get back to doing all the things we love to do in our beautiful city. I miss going to our parks, I miss saying hi to all of you. I miss going to restaurants. I miss shaking your hand. But, if we are going to get through this we need to act responsibly. We need to follow the guidelines. We need to wear our facial coverings. We need to practice social distancing. 

The only way we are going to overcome this is if we act responsibly. And we must do so together. As a city, as a community. We are better together. 

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