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35 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County reported another 35 residents have died due to COVID-19 complications Wednesday, the same day  651 people learned they have tested positive for the virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Wednesday.

This brings the total number of positive cases to 9,244.

“My most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of these 35 people. We are doing the best that we can to curb the spread of this virus but we still need your help. It is important that we maintain our distance and avoid all other social gatherings outside of our household,”  Cortez stated in a news release. “We are expecting higher numbers tomorrow as the federal test results come in.”

During a Wednesday virtual news conference, Cortez reported that the county will begin to see results from the surge testing done in Edinburg. Cortez said the county is expecting 15 percent of the more than 19,000 tests results to result in positive COVID-19 results.

As of wednesday, 867 people have been hospitalized with complications from the disease with 221 of those in intensive care units.

A total of 776 people were released from isolation Wednesday, the highest amount of released individuals, after being been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.

This brings the amount of patients released from isolation to 4,155, nearly even with the 4,871 net active cases in the county. 1,079 COVID-19 test results remain pending.

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