Hidalgo County reports 248 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths in Mission

The amount of known COVID-19 cases shot by the 2,100 mark in Hidalgo County as officials reported 248 new cases Tuesday, its new biggest one-day increase of new cases.

248 more people in Hidalgo County found out they had tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day that two more people-a Mission man in his 40s and a Missioner woman in her 70s-have died from complications related to the virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Tuesday. This brings that overall death toll to 25 people while the overall number of known positive cases is now at 2,130.

Both fatalities had underlying medical conditions.

“Another day brings two more tragic deaths of some of our neighbors,” Judge Cortez said in a statement. “My heart goes out to these people’s family and friends. We must listen to the warnings of medical experts to stop these deaths. Stay home, stay away from people. These are simple solutions to protect not only yourself but your loved ones.”

The new cases come from people in the cities of Alamo, Alton, donna, Edinburg, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Pharr, San Juan, Weslaco and 17 from undisclosed or unidentified cities.

The amount of people hospitalized with complications from the disease has risen to 163 people with 16 of those cases  being treated in intensive care units.

22 people were released from isolation on Tuesday after showing no symptoms of the virus for 10 days, including three days without a fever. There are currently 1,344 net active COVID-19 cases and 2,656 test results are pending out of a total of 35,245 that have been administered.

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