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Pharr man becomes 21st COVID-19 fatality, county sees 109 new cases

A Pharr man in his 80s with underlying medical conditions became the 21st COVID-related fatality Friday as the total number of COVID-19 tests administered passed the 30,000 mark.

“We have lost another one of our county residents to this deadly disease. My deepest condolences go out to their family and friends,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “There are many of us in Hidalgo County who are more vulnerable and susceptible to becoming seriously ill. We need to wear our masks, avoid mass gatherings, wash our hands and continue to practice social distancing. These steps have proven to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The death comes as 109 other residents tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of known cases to 1,556 according to a news release from the county.

The amount of people hospitalized in area hospitals with COVID-19 complication has jumped to 103 with 13 of those cases being treated in intensive care units.

An additional 43 people were released from isolation on Friday after showing no symptoms of the disease for 10 days and no fever for three days.

The county said there are now 861 net active cases and 1,137 test results are pending after 30,430 tests have been administered.

Starr County reported Friday 33 more people tested positive for the disease, bringing the county total to 260. 47 of those people have recovered and 212 are recovering under medical care.

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