A backlog in COVID-19 testing results continues to create an increase in the amount of COVID-19 cases reported locally and statewide.
On Wednesday, Hidalgo County announced 9 more residents have died from to complications related to COVID-19 and 655 people tested positive for the virus.
The total number of positive cases is 26,606 with 2,637 of those marked as active, the county stated in a news release.
The amount of COVID-19 deaths meanwhile has risen to 1,130.
“I send my deep sympathy to the families of the nine residents and urge all Hidalgo County residents to continue following the guidelines to protect each other,” County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “People at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, should consider their level of risk before deciding to go out and ensure they are taking steps to protect themselves. Consider avoiding activities where taking protective measures may be difficult, such as activities where social distancing can’t be maintained.”
Judge Cortez acknowledged in the release that the backlog reported yesterday in testing results that has come up locally and statewide is creating the rise in new reported cases.
565 people were released from isolation on Wednesday, making it 22,839 people who have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.
380 people remain hospitalized in area hospitals with COVID-19 complications with 151 of them being treated in intensive care units.