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168 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hidalgo, Starr counties

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in he Valley as two elderly women in Hidalgo County succumbed to complications from the virus.

The women, whose ages were 70+ and from the cities of Weslaco and Pharr, according to the county, bring the total number of fatalities to 152, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Monday.

Health officials reported an additional 157 people who tested positive for the virus Monday, bringing the total number of known positive cases to 8,197.

According the news release, the latest numbers do not reflect recent tests administered at various military testing sites, including the mass testing site performed in Edinburg.

“Military data shows that we can expect even higher numbers tomorrow. If we do not sacrifice ourselves to take control of the virus, the virus will take control of us,” Judge Cortez stated. “My prayers and condolences go out to the families of all those who have lost their battle with this virus.”

The number of people hospitalized with complications from the disease rose to 840  with 223 of those in intensive care units.

A total of 363 people were released from isolation after being symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever, bringing the total amount of released patients to 3,379.  Currently, there are 4,666 net active cases and 906 test results pending, the release stated.

On Monday morning, Starr County reported 11 new cases of the virus, bringing the total amount of cases in the county to 1,113.

Of those cases, 296 have recovered, 812 people are recovering under medical care and five fatalities have been confirmed. 26 other fatalities have been reported but are pending confirmation form the state.


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