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REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – With no apparent light at the end of the tunnel, as far as COVID-19 is concerned, Reynosa Mayor Maki Ortiz Dominguez on Monday ordered a return to the strict health safety protocols.

Ortiz had beeb attempting to transition away from lockdown orders in an attempt to revitalize the city’s economy and re-open its educational institutions. The mayor published a communique on her Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

The reversal primarily means that only essential businesses will remain open. It means that traffic flow will continue to be restricted by license plate number. It also means that U.S. citizen non-residents of the city are being asked to avoid non-essential travel to Reynosa. The return to classroom education that was supposed  to occur in August will now likely be postponed. At best it is a decision that will be under review. 

The reversals are a result of the city posting the highest COVID-19 case rate in Tamaulipas with 927 cases and 77 reported deaths. The increasing onslaught of cases has overwhelmed local hospitals such as the Regional General Hospital 270 on the highway to San Fernando. New temporary treatment facilities have been constructed at the General Hospital of Reynosa and the Maternity Hospital on the highway to Monterrey. 

Here is Ortiz’s statement, translated into English:

“Due to the high number of infections and active cases that have occurred in our city due to the opening of businesses and industry, to which all deportees from the United States pass through Reynosa, to the continued crossing of people on the international bridge, in that citizens have lacked commitment to abide by the guidelines of the health secretariat, since more tests are done in our city than in any other city in the state (482 in Tamaulipas, vs. 200  in Reynosa, including sampling in businesses and maquilas, of patients with symptoms and asymptomatic), today our city is in need of reversing the opening of businesses, allowing only essential companies, the use of face coverings will be MANDATORY and on the indicated days, specified license plate  numbers will not be allowed to circulate in our municipality, also asking that people from the United States DO NOT CROSS INTO OUR CITY unless they have essential activities.

“In addition, it is yet to be evaluated if face-to-face classes will resume in August, all this following the guidelines of the Tamaulipas State Health Security Council. Reynosa is already the number one city in Covid-19 cases in the state with 927 cases at the moment and already 77 regrettable deaths. We must take better care of ourselves, we must be more aware, we must believe that this virus can be deadly, that it is affecting us all and that we are in a situation that deserves everyone’s commitment.”

En Español


Here is Mayor Ortiz’s statement in Spanish:

“Por el alto número de contagios y casos activos que se han presentado en nuestra ciudad debido a la apertura de negocios e industria, a que por Reynosa pasan todos los deportados de Estados Unidos, a que continúa el cruce de personas en el puente internacional, a que a los ciudadanos les ha faltado más compromiso para acatar los lineamientos de la secretaría de salud y a que se hacen más pruebas en nuestra ciudad que en cualquier otra ciudad del estado (ya que de las 482 diarias que se hacen en Tamaulipas, alrededor de 200 se hacen en Reynosa, incluyendo muestreos en negocios y maquilas, de pacientes con síntomas y asintomáticos). 

“Hoy nuestra ciudad se ve en la necesidad de poner marcha atrás en la apertura de negocios y solo se permitirá abrir a las empresas escenciales, será OBLIGATORIO el uso de cubrebocas y se hará un filtro de doble hoy no circula en nuestro municipio, pidiendo también que las personas de Estados Unidos NO CRUCEN A NUESTRA CIUDAD a menos de que tengan actividades escenciales.

“Además se informa que las clases presenciales se valorará si se reanudarán en agosto, todo esto siguiendo los lineamientos del consejo de seguridad en salud del Estado de Tamaulipas.

“Reynosa es ya la ciudad número uno en casos de Covid-19 en el estado con 927 casos en este momento y ya 77 lamentables defunciones.

“Debemos cuidarnos más, debemos ser mas consientes, debemos creer que este virus puede ser mortal, que está afectándonos a todos y que estamos en una situación que amerita el compromiso de todos.”


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