The COVID-19 death toll continues to rise in Hidalgo County as 15 more people died after testing positive for the virus Tuesday.
This brings the total death count in the county to 90. The deaths came on the same day an additional 335 people tested positive for the virus, bringing the overall number of known positive cases to 5,782 according to a news release from the county.
Those who have died included 10 men and five women from the cities of Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, Pharr, San Juan and weslaco. Their ages ranged from their 40s to 70s+.
“We have reached a critical juncture in the battle against this disease,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “Our healthcare system is admirably battling to save lives as the number of serious cases needing hospitalization is presenting new challenges. Please join me in praying for not only our courageous health care workers, but for those family and friends of people who have died.”
The number of people in area hospitals rose to 735 with 205 of those cases are being treated in intensive care units.
Tuesday also saw the release of 340 people after they’ve all been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. With a total of 2,737 released from isolation, there are 2,955 active cases of the disease.
There are currently 1,271 COVID-19 test results pending.