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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Hidalgo County nears 1,000; 451 new cases

27 more Hidalgo County residents died from COVID-19 related complications Friday, the same day the county passed the 70,000 mark on COVID-19 tests administered.

451 people tested positive bringing the total number of positive cases to 10,943 out of 72,521 administered tests.

The deaths bring the county COVID-19 death count to  267, the county said in a news release.

“I send my condolences to these 27 families for the loss of their loved one,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “Our medical experts tell us the best way to stop the spread is to wear a mask, use proper hygiene, keep 6 feet apart from others, and avoid any social gatherings of 10 people or more.”

There are currently 982 people hospitalized with complications from the virus and 304 of those cases are being treated in intensive care units.

505 people were released from isolation on Friday meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. A total of 4,896 have been released from isolation leaving 5,780 net active cases of the disease.

1,057 COVID-19 tests results remain pending as of Friday evening.

Starr County reported 26 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the amount of known cases in the county to  1,388.

Of those cases, 477 have recovered while 906 patients are recovering under medical care. The official COVID-19 death count remains at five while the county waits for confirmation from the state on 29 fatalities.

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