Numbers Give Insight into Possible Virus Spreading Details

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Officials continue looking at how the Covid-19 Virus is spreading throughout the community.

This is to clearly understand trends and human interaction patterns as to how the Virus is spreading so rampantly in our community.

Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes stated that it’s of great importance to understand who in the community is being infected the most by the Covid-19 Virus to be able to mitigate it and keep others out of harms way.

Up until January 11th, there had been 7,443 positive cases of which Individuals between the ages of 20 to 60 years old have been the most affected.

A breakdown of ages in 10-year intervals shows that Individuals between the age of 20 to 30 years old (1991 to 2000) had 1,301 positive cases of Covid-19.

Juveniles 18 years and younger had 1,106 positive cases.

This is certainly troubling as a pattern clearly, hypothesizes that these age groups could be causing infections in older age groups.

The following breakdown shows age group Covid-19 infections in Maverick County in 10-year intervals.

Subjects between the ages of 30 to 40 years old born between 1981 to 1990 had 1,074 positive cases.

Subjects between 50 and 60 years old born from1961 to 1970 reported 1,072 positive Covid-19 cases.

Subjects of the age of 40 to 50 (1971 to 1980) had 1,067 positive Covid-19 cases.

Individuals of the ages 10 to 20 years old had 849 positive cases.

There have been 782 positive cases detected of people of the ages 60 to 70 years old. 449 positive cases have been detected of people between the ages of 70 to 80 years old.
529 cases have been found in individuals of the ages 1 month to 10 years old. 241 positive cases have been detected in individuals of the ages 80 to 90 years old.

59 people born in 1930 or earlier have also been infected.

Mayor Sifuentes, and County Judge David Saucedo do urge the community to follow all safety measures and to please help in stopping the spread of the Covid-19 Virus that up until now has killed 1 out of every 46 people that has been infected.

Community caught in the middle of the most infectious and deadly month since onset of Pandemic

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During the month of January, Maverick County has seen an exorbitant Increase in positive cases putting a major strain on everyone involved in the fight against the deadly virus that has claimed the life of 172 people in our community.

Recently, the New York Times put out a report in which Maverick County for the second time has been named as one of the Counties where the positivity rate is higher than any other County across the entire Nation.

Officials, at the head of the local mitigation effort are worried over the outcomes we’re experiencing. This includes seeing a lackluster effort to participate in simple tasks by community residents to help stop the spread and a lackadaisical attitude by the State Government to initiate more stringent regulations to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Federal Government has washed its hands and taken an approach of personal responsibility and each state, city or person for themselves. However, in the real world such a policy is not viable unless each individual agrees to put on a mask, washes their hands, avoids crowds and understands that the individual responsibility directly affects the outcomes of the masses.

It’s as simple as putting on a mask, washing your hands and avoid gathering in crowds, but by the trends seen, that’s easier said than done.

January, is more than likely going to be the most infectious month on record for our community.

As of January 15, two weeks into the new year we have broken the monthly record set in July which had 1,549 positive cases in a 30-day span.

With 1,755 cases within a two-week period and with over 1639 active cases, officials are hoping for the best but definitely preparing for the worst.

At this point, yes Vaccines are being allocated to the community but not at the pace to keep up and to be able to reach a herd immunity level where an abundant amount of people will be protected from being infected.

For now, officials plead with all of us to come together and follow the protocols set in place to help stop the spread because the honest truth, our lives and that of your loved ones do depend on it.

Maverick County Sets Covid Infections Record

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Maverick County set a one-day record for Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday, January 12.

Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes reported on Tuesday that tests had detected a total of 205 cases in a 24-hour period.

These are the most cases seen in a one-day period since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic in our community since the month of March.

Up to now in a 12-day span, Maverick County has accumulated 1,241 new positive cases. This is almost as many cases as the highest month total that we have seen so far which was in July with 1,549.

We still have 19 more days which will likely shatter all current records and put a strain on any type of response.

Earthquake once again hits near El Indio, Tx

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Yet another Earthquake has hit the town of el Indio Texas.

Approximately at 9:25pm another earthquake has been reported just Southwest of El Indio Tx.

The Earthquake is reported to be a 3 in magnitude and about 5.0 kilometers down.

This is the 4th Earthquake reported in the same area in the past months.

The first Earthquake hit on November 4th and was registered a 3.0 magnitude

The second one, a 3.4 magnitude Earthquake was reported early Friday, November 13th South of Maverick County, near the town of El Indio, Texas.

This third Earthquake was registered on Tuesday, December 1st and measured as a 2.9 in magnitude.

Experiencing a grouping of cluster quakes always gets people wondering if a larger scaled Earthquake could be on the horizon.

The answer to that question, is there is no way to actually know.

For now, residents in the El Indio Texas and across the border have experienced minor trembling.

Only time will tell if another Earthquake will hit that will break the seismograph (Richter Scale).

City to request for Governor Abbott to extend delinquent ad valorem taxes deadline

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The Eagle Pass City Council held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

During the meeting, members of the City Council discussed and acted on several important topics which included the possible waiver of delinquent ad valorem taxes due to economic hardships.

The item was taken into executive session to consult with legal counsel over the possibilities of structuring such waiver.

Once back in open session, Mayor Luis Sifuentes announced that waiving the delinquent fees was not a viable option, but an extension could possibly assist those residents having difficulties laying their ad valorem taxes.

The Eagle Pass City Council did order City Manager George Antuna and Administration to draft a resolution seeking for the Office of the Governor to allow for an extension to be set in place thus giving taxpayers extra time to pay their taxes without facing the delinquent fees.

The City Council which consists of Mayor Luis Sifuentes, Mayor Pro Tem Billy Davis, Attorney Rolando Salinas, Elias Diaz, and Yolanda Ramon voted in favor of drafting a resolution seeking the extension.

The resolution will be presented this coming week and be sent to the Governor’s office for consideration.

EOC establishes Covid-19 Vaccines Portal

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Emergency Operation Center Officials through the City of Eagle Pass have established a portal for people to register for the Covid-19 Vaccine list.

The portal, will assist officials form a list to follow the established guidelines of who will be qualified to receive the vaccine depending on the tiers set up by the State and Federal Government.

If you meet the criteria as a priority group 1A or 1B, as defined by the Department of State Health Services, you may pre-register using the form below to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as available to the Department of Public Health.

Once you register you will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted (Phone, email, or text) when vaccines become available on a first come, first serve basis.

You can register to access the COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups Registration form at


Phase 1A, includes ,Health care personnel, and long-term care facility residents.

Phase 1B, Frontline essential workers, and people 75 and older.

Phase 1C, includes people ages 65-74, people ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions, and other essential workers.

Two subjects involved the murder of Sergio Lerma arrested

Alejandro Chavez
Adrian Rodríguez

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Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber announced the arrest of
two male subjects involved in the murder of Sergio Lerma, which took place in the South Elm Creek Subdivision on December 19, 2019

Investigations led by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations unit led to the arrest of 24 year old Alejandro Chavez who was placed under arrest by the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department on December 30, 2020 for the offense of Failure to report a felony.

On January 04, 2021, 35 year old Adrian Rodriguez was placed under arrest by deputies and sheriff’s department investigators at his home on Marco Drive for also failing to report a felony.

Both Chavez and Rodriguez were confined to the Tom Bowles Detention Center pending magistration.

This case will be referred to the Maverick County District Attorney’s Office.

Seven arrested after vehicle chase in Southern Maverick County

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department arrested 7 people after being led on a vehicle chase in the Southern part of Maverick County on Monday evening.

Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle in an area near the Rosita Valley Sector of the community and attempted to stop the Ford F 150 pickup.

The driver did not heed the deputies attempt and led the Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase.

At some point during the chase, the truck stopped and dropped off 5 individuals.

Those individuals were captured and turned over to the United States Border Patrol.

The truck continued to ellude the deputies and ended up crashing into a canal.

Deputies and other agencies continued looking for two subjects.

Layer on a resident in an area on Wagon Wheel road called to notify the Sheriff’s Department that two individuals had gone into her property and were possibly hiding in a tool shed.

Deputies arrived at the scene and were able to find the two subjects.

They were both arrested and now face multiple criminal charges.

The subjects have been identified as
23-year-old Manuel Alejandro Macías and 28-year-old Fredy Lamas Macías.

Facing a complex problem is often best left at the rivers edge

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For many leaving their Country of Origin is not on the top of their lists of things to do. They often do so in search of what in their native land has failed them, opportunity.

Often times their trek leads them towards the land of opportunity. Although tarnished by what has been occurring in the past decade or so it’s still a dream, the American Dream for many.

On a daily basis, hundreds if not thousands of individuals attempt to make their way into the country, Illegally, risking it all to find a piece of that dream they have spent their entire lives hearing about.

On Wednesday, December 30th, Del Rio Sector Special Operation Detachment operators and law enforcement officials apprehended 21 individuals attempting to make that fateful trek.

For now, those individuals will be processed and eventually returned back, only to attempt again and again to gain access to a Country that was made on the premise that we’re supposed to be a melting pot.

The topic of immigration is one that has many components. Finding a balance is the tricky part or maybe one that figureheads don’t feel needs to be fixed since it’s a big lucrative business.

December on record as 2nd month with most positive Covid Cases in Maverick County

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The month of December is now on record as being the second month with the most infections since the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic back in March.

As of Tuesday, December 29, there have been 1,483 new positive Covid-19 cases in our community.

Only the month of July has had more positive cases with 1,549.

It’s highly probable that with 2 days left in the counting process, December will become the most infectious month, surpassing the month of July.

Officials are gravely concerned that the month of January could see an increase in positive cases due to the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.

Currently, Officials have tested 35,392 people or about 60.7 percent of the entire Maverick County population. Of those, 28,885 have come back negative.

There have been 6,393 people infected with 5,414 recovered.

There are 818 active cases.

37 people are hospitalized with 8 on ventilators.