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  • Rio Grande Valley hospitals also treating Mexican nationals seeking COVID-19 treatment

    by: Sydney Hernandez
    Posted: Jul 17, 2020 / 10:31 PM CDT/ Updated: Jul 17, 2020 / 10:37 PM CDT

    MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — As hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley remain packed and at capacity, doctors say they are not only treating Rio Grande Valley residents but people who crossed the border seeking medical attention.

    “We are giving care to our population, but also to patients from Mexico, by law we must give medical attention to anyone who comes to our hospitals,” said Dr. Ivonne Lopez, M.D., Medical Director of McAllen Hospital Group at McAllen Medical Center.

    Doctors on the frontline say legally they can not turn someone down for medical treatment.

    “By law, if a patient arrives to our hospital, we need to provide all the care that is needed,” said Dr. Lopez.

    The border is closed to non-essential travel, but according to CBP, “Individuals traveling for medical purposes, such as to receive medical treatment in the United States” is permitted.

    https://www.valleycentral.com/news/l...-19-treatment/
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