Hidalgo County reports 5th COVID-19 related death

A 63-year-old Alamo man with underlying medical conditions died Monday after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a news release.

His death brings to five the total number of people who have died in Hidalgo County after testing positive for this strain of coronavirus, all have had underlying medical conditions, the release stated.

One other person tested positive for the virus on the same day state Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to begin reopening the state. There are now 310 cases of COVID-19 in the county.

“On a day filled with encouraging news such as having only two new positive cases, seeing the number of patients in our hospitals drop by four, and the number of patients in intensive care drop by three, we are reminded by this sad case that this disease can be deadly,” Judge Cortez said. “I extend my sincere condolences to this man’s family.”

18 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain in area hospitals and two of them remain in intensive care units, the release stated. 20 other people were released from isolation after showing no symptoms of the virus for the last 10 days, bringing the total of patients released from isolation to 155.

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