Three Pharr residents died Monday from COVID-19 complications, the county announced in a news release.
There is now a total of 15 COVID-19 deaths in the county. The three cases, all women who were in their 40s and 80s were unrelated and all had underlying medical conditions. Both of the older women were part of a cluster meaning they likely contracted the virus from someone they knew, the news released stated.
“This is an especially tragic day,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “Not only because this virus contributed to the deaths of three of our neighbors, but also because the two older and more vulnerable victims probably knew the person who infected them. That’s the danger of this virus. It can be contracted by someone who is both younger and healthier, then transmitted to someone who is older and more vulnerable. I extend my sincere condolences to these families that have lost loved ones.”
62 other individuals tested positive for the disease, bringing the known number of cases in Hidalgo County to 1,112. 69 people have been hospitalized with complications from the virus with 9 of those cases being treated in intensive care units.
An additional 12 people were released from isolation on Monday after being symptom free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. There are currently 571 net active cases and 1,529 test results are pending, according to the county.