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First COVID-19 death reported in Hidalgo County

A 76-year-old unidentified Alamo man with underlying medical conditions became the first resident of Hidalgo County to die after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The man had been hospitalized for several weeks with a number of health issues and was recently tested for the coronavirus strain, according ot a Tuesday release form the county.

“This is a dangerous disease,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in the release. “We must act by following the recommendations of medical experts and stay away from people.  The safest place these days is our homes.”

 There were 15 new positive COVID-19 cases reported to Hidalgo County health officials on Tuesday, including the Alamo man who died later in the day. This brings the total number of Hidalgo County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 128 people, according to the release.

Of those, a total of 17 have been hospitalized; three people who had been in a hospital were released because their conditions have improved, health officials said.

News of this death comes after the county passed a series of strict orders to prevent a spike of COVID-19 cases. This include all county residents wearing maskls at all times outdoors and a 24-hour curfew for all minors.

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