Hidalgo County COVID-19 death count climbs to 103, 278 new cases

Hidalgo County reported 13 more COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 103.

Among those who died are residents from Alamo, Alton, Donna, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mission, Palmhurst and Weslaco. The deaths were split between eight men and five women whose ages ranged from their 40s and 70+, according to a county news release.

In a news release, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez expressed condolences to the victims and their families.

“It pains me to announce that Hidalgo County is now considered one of the hot spots identified throughout the country for COVID-19,” Cortez said. “We are doing our best to combat this pandemic and protect public health but we can’t do any of that without the public’s help in following the recommended health guidelines. Help save lives, be responsible and get tested if you feel symptomatic.”

The amount of known COVID-19 cases in the county increased by 278 Wednesday, the county announced, bringing the total to 6,060.

60 people were released from isolation Wednesday, bringing the total amount of patients released from isolation to 2,797. There are now currently 3,160 net active cases of the disease, according to the county.

The amount of people in area hospitals with COVID-19 related complications has risen to 712 people with 191 of those cases being treated in intensive care units.

1,142 COVID-19 test results remain pending as of Wednesday.

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