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Congressman Gonzalez Statement on COVID-19 Deaths in the Rio Grande Valley

August 4, 2020
Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the news that the Rio Grande Valley has reportedly hit a grim milestone: more than 1,000 lives have been lost due to the coronavirus.

“The news that the Rio Grande Valley has lost more than 1,000 lives due to COVID-19 is tragic and could have been avoided. My office hears daily from constituents who are grieving and frustrated with the insufficient state and federal response.

No one wants our economy to suffer, but access to diagnostic testing and medical care should have been a priority at the outset. There is clear blame for these deaths, but for now, we must unite to confront our current challenges and prevent future loss.

I grieve with the constituents of the 15th District of Texas and offer my sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones. I will continue to remain a loud voice for South Texans and exhaust all options until we beat this disease.”