Mayor Mendez of Brownsville Declares Disaster in Response to COVID-19


Mayor Mendez of Brownsville Declares Disaster in Response to COVID-19

For Immediate Release

March 17, 2020

Felipe Romero, Public Information Officer

Today, Mayor Juan “Trey” Mendez III issued a local disaster declaration needed to give the City
of Brownsville additional authority to undertake measures to help contain and mitigate COVID19.

The disaster declaration has an immediate effect. Containment measures are outlined in the
attached communication to Brownsville citizens.

“The lessons we are learning from communities across the nation and the globe is that
aggressive measures implemented sooner rather than later promise to protect our community
and our community’s most vulnerable members,” said Mayor Mendez.

The disaster declaration was issued under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 and Section
§418.108(A) of the Texas Government Code.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. Please share and encourage others to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
    are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For the most up-to-date information on how City of Brownsville is handling the rapidly changing
circumstances, please visit our website at https://www.cob.us