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COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County soar past 5,000 mark

547 more people in Hidalgo County tested positive for COVID-19 during the 4th of July weekend, bringing the total amount of known cases to 5,345.

The new cases come at a time when local hospitals remain at near capacity with 571 people hospitalized with complications from the disease and 144 of those being treated in intensive care units.

The new cases are come from the cities Alamo, Alton, Donna, Edinburg, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Pharr, San Juan, Weslaco and 42 people from undisclosed cities. Their ages range from 1-19 to 70+.

A Pharr woman in her 60s became 59th fatalities in Hidalgo County after the patient tested positive for the virus. according to a news release from the county.

These overall numbers include results from late Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“My prayers go out to the family and friends of this weekend’s victim — another tragic loss to this terrible disease,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a statement. “As we begin a new work week, please keep in mind the safety of yourselves and those around you. Stay home if possible, wear facial coverings and avoid other people.”

A total of 235 people were released from isolation Sunday meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. 1,834 people have been released from isolation leaving the amount of active COVID-19 cases in the county to 3,452.

2,449 COVID-19 test results remain pending.



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