Hidalgo County reported its second deadliest day of new COVID-19 related fatalities Friday as the death toll climbed to 142 after 19 people died from complications of the disease.
The county announced the new total in a Friday news release where they reported the total number of known COVID-19 cases in the county rose to 7,727 after 393 new cases were reported.
The number comes the day after the county reported its record amount of new cases, 1,274, and 20 deaths.
“Each day we are losing more of our fellow county residents to this deadly virus. I send my deepest condolences to the families of these victims,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “Please remember to take personal responsibility for you and family by continuing to use proper hygiene, social distancing, and, most importantly, wearing a mask.”
Among the dead are 10 men and 9 women from the cities of Alamo, Edinburg, McAllen, Mission, Pharr and San Juan.
There are currently 798 people hospitalized with complications from the virus with 198 of those cases being treated in intensive care units.
53 new patients were released from isolation Friday after being symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. A total of 2,889 people have been released from isolation making it 4,696 net active cases of the disease.
1,124 COVID-19 test results remain pending.