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A press release from the city confirmed today that Mission Mayor Dr. Armando O’caña has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The release stated that following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance, O’caña is self-isolating at home “and the City of Mission is taking appropriate steps to notify and quarantine others who may have been in contact with him.”
“I am in home quarantine to protect my community and my family,” O’caña said. “I am grateful that we have continued to minimize our contact and we have hosted our city council meetings via Zoom.”
According to the city, staff is taking every necessary precaution to ensure worker and community safety with direction provided by the Hidalgo County Health Department. Mission City Hall continues to operate, but is closed to walk-in traffic.
The deep cleaning of workstations and common areas, which has been ongoing since the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, continues daily.
“This hits close to home. It’s a reminder to everyone in our community to continue social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands,” City Manager Randy Perez said. “We all need to be vigilant and keep following guidelines to limit our contact with others to keep Mission safe. Our prayers are with our Mayor.”
The city of Mission has been following all guidelines from the CDC and the Hidalgo County Health Department since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes added safety and hygiene protocols.
The press release stated that “Mission will continue to provide superior city services while maintaining social distancing as the priority.”