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1,248 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hidalgo County, 22 deaths

Hidalgo County has begun to release test results from the federal testing at Bert Ogden Arena, resulting in 1,248 new cases Thursday.

The county also reported 22 new deaths due to complications related to COVID-19, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Thursday. This brings the total number of positive cases to 10,492 and 240 fatalities.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of 22 people from our community. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals,” Cortez said in a news release. “To those currently battling this disease and who are at home, I urge you to remain quarantined so that you may not infect a loved one or anyone in our community.”

Local health officials say that over the next several days a large number of positive results are expected to come from that testing site.

There are currently 968 people hospitalized with complications from the disease with 249 of those in intensive care units. A total of 236 people were released from isolation today meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. With a total of 4,391 people released from isolation, there are 5,861 net active cases.

Starr County reported Thursday 103 new COVID-19 cases were found Wednesday. There are now a total of 1,318 known positive cases of the virus in Starr County. Of those cases, 386 people have recovered and 927 patients are recovering under medical care. The count of confirmed fatalities in the county remains five as the county waits for state confirmation on 31 other fatalities.

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