Hidalgo County hospitals at capacity

An alert from the county is warning residents hospitals are at capacity Friday as 278 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and a McAllen man in his 20s died from complications from the virus.

The new cases come at the start of the 4th of July holiday weekend, which Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Friday is a critical moment to test the capacity of local hospitals.

“The 4th of July holiday is here and our best medical experts are telling me this is a critical weekend as we test the capacity of our hospital systems,” Judge Cortez said in a Friday news release. “Please consider your family’s safety and those of your neighbors as you plan your weekend activities.”

The county released a text alert Friday afternoon announcing hospitals were at capacity.

“Celebrate 4th of July responsibly, shelter-in-place and avoid gatherings of 10+ people,” the alert reads. “Wear a face covering and social distance. Protect yourself and your family…Conserve resources; ONLY call 911 if absolutely necessary.

Hidalgo County now has 4,798 known cases of the virus as 478 people have been hospitalized with complications from the disease and 115 of those people are being treated in intensive care units.

The newest death from the county is 57th COVID-19-related fatality in the county. The release did not state if the unidentified McAllen man had underlying medical conditions.

A total of 339 people were released from isolation Friday bringing the total number of released individuals to 1,599 and 2,864 active cases of the disease.  2,449 COVID-19 test results are pending.

Starr County confirmed 40 new cases of COVID-19 friday, brining the total number of known cases to 863.

Of those cases, 178 have recovered, 682 people are recovering under medical care and three fatalities have been confirmed and two more fatalities are pending residential information.

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