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Hidalgo County COVID-19 deaths nears 1,000; 528 new cases reported

The COVID-19 death rate in Hidalgo County rose to 999 after 25 more residents died from complications related to the disease.

Positive case numbers in the county also continue to rise as 528 more people learned they tested positive for the disease, bringing the total number of known positive cases to 22,826, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a Tuesday news release.

“Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. My most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the 25 members of our community that have lost their battle against this terrible virus,” Judge Cortez said. “We need to take action now and do what’s in the best interest of our community. If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.”

As of today, 444 people have been hospitalized with complications from the disease with 185 of those in intensive care units.

There are currently 4,893 net active cases and 450 people were released from isolation on Tuesday, meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. A total of 16,934 have been released from isolation as of Tuesday.

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