22 people died due to complications related to COVID-19 on the same day Hidalgo County surpassed the 20,000 count of known positive cases.
The new number of total cases occurred after 407 people tested positive for the virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a Monday news release, bringing the total number of known positive cases is 20,148.
The county death toll, meanwhile, now stands at 829.
“My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those who have lost a loved one due to this virus,” Judge Cortez said in the news release where he reminded residents of the newly established Hidalgo County COVID Condolence Program to assist eligible individuals who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19 with up to $2,000 for funeral expenses.
“We understand the heartbreak and hardships our residents are facing as they deal with the untimely death of their loved one. This program will help alleviate some of the financial burden they are facing,” Judge Cortez said.
Out of the 20,148 total cases, 4,494 of those are active as a total of 14,825 of those cases have been released from isolation after being symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.
Six of those cases were released Monday, the release stated.
627 people are currently hospitalized with complications from the virus with 226 of those cases are being treated in intensive care units.