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COVID-19 fatalities climb to 955 in Hidalgo County

The Hidalgo County COVID-19 death count climbed to 955 as 24 more residents died from complications related to the disease over the last two days.

On that same period, 207 more people tested positive for the virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced in a Sunday news release bringing the total number of known positive cases in Hidalgo County to 22,013.

Sunday marked the first time that negative tests surpassed the 100,000 mark with a total of 100,332 negative tests for the virus out of a total of 122,858 tests that have been administered since the pandemic began, the county stated.

“There are some encouraging numbers we are seeing that I hope are the beginning of trends,” Judge Cortez stated in the release. “The number of people who have tested negative for this virus have always far surpassed the positive cases. But we are also seeing the number of hospitalizations down from just a week ago. ”

Despite the encouraging numbers, Cortez said the community remains hunted by the number of people dying from this disease.

“I continue to pray for the victims of this virus, and all those who have been affected by these deaths,” Cortez said. “And I continue to ask the community to employ safe practices by staying at home when at all possible and to avoid crowds.”

235 people were released from isolation on Sunday, bringing the total amount of patients released from isolation to 16,107, leaving 4,951 active cases of the disease.

528 people are hospitalized with complications from the disease with nearly half of them – 234 – in intensive care units.

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