Hidalgo County hospitals continue to operate near capacity with 602 people now being treated for COVID-19 related complications and 167 of those cases being treated intensive care units.
The county also reported the deaths of 16 people Monday after they tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 75.
“These are startling numbers, coming at a time when our medical system is working round-the-clock to protect our neighbors,” Hidalgo county Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “The least we can do is help these medical professionals out by exercising caution and avoiding people so we can slow the spread of this disease. My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of all those who have died.”
The deaths include 10 men and six women from the cities of Edinburg, Mission, McAllen, Pharr, Alamo, Donna and an undisclosed city. Their ages range from 30s to 70s.
Another 102 people learned that they had tested positive for the virus bringing the total number of known cases to 5,447 with 2,975 of those cases marked as active.
A total of 563 people were released from isolation on Monday meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever, bringing the total amount of released cases to 2,397.
1,057 COVID-19 test results are pending, the release stated.