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Pharr man dies from COVID-19, 193 new cases reported

One more person has died from COVID-19 complications as Hidalgo County Health officials reported a new record single day high of 193 new positive cases of the virus.

The total number of positive cases is now at 1,882, according to a county news release.

The death involved a Pharr man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions.

“The rise in new cases are being called “troubling” by Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

“I have been working with medical experts today to see what more can be done. And while I continue to weigh options, they all say the best thing we can do is what we have been doing: staying home when we can, avoiding crowds and wearing facial coverings in public,” Cortez stated in the news release.

The new cases include people from the cities of Alamo, Donna, Edinburg, Mercedes, Mission and Pharr and their ages range from 1 to 70+.

Hidalgo County also announced that one of the new cases that was reported over the weekend involved  an unidentified employee with the Mission tax office who learned late Friday that the employee had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the release, the employee has been ordered isolated and the office was sanitized over the weekend. All safety measures have also been followed by the tax office according t0 the release.

According to the release, there are currently 146 people who have been hospitalized with complications from the virus with 15 of those cases being treated in intensive care units.23 people were released from isolation on Monday meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.

There are currently 1,120 net active cases and 2,489 test results are pending.

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