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Backlog in testing COVID-19 results attributed to 782 new COVID-19 cases

Hidalgo County is reporting 20 residents died due to complications related to COVID-19 Tuesday on the same day 782 people tested positive for the virus.

“My heart goes out to the families and friends that have lost a loved one,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “The CDC suggests the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus is to limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and to take precautions when you do interact with others. This includes washing your hands frequently, covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, and monitor your health.”

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 25,951 with 2,556 of those marked as active after .690 people were released from isolation on Tuesday, meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.

Judge Cortez acknowledged that the number of positive cases has risen, but noted that much of this rise in numbers can be attributed to the Department of Health and Human Services clearing up a backlog in testing results that has arisen both locally and statewide, the release stated. Several new cases being reported this week, for example, can trace tests that were administered as early as June.

There are currently 371 residents hospitalized in area hospitals with COVID-19 complications with 145 of those being treated in intensive care units.

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