In what’s being referred to as “encouraging” numbers, Hidalgo County is reporting a combined six COVID-19 deaths that occured on Saturday and Sunday.
In that same time period, the county saw 156 new COVID-19 cases.The total number of COVID-related fatalities now stands at 1,162 and the total number of known positive cases is now 27,408 with 2,658 of those cases marked as active.
“These are some of the lowest numbers we have seen in weeks so this is very encouraging, but we cannot let our guard down especially as we prepare for the Labor Day weekend next weekend,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “That’s traditionally a holiday weekend marked by family gatherings and I would urge everyone in Hidalgo County to reconsider attending any event where large numbers of people are expected. Please be safe, we appear to be moving in the right direction.”
In a previous interview, Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez also warned residents of the possibility of more COVID-19 cases in the fall following the holiday weekend and other events such as the reopening of schools and the start of the NFL season which could bring people together.
“A virus can only live on a person so any time you have groups of people coming together into each other’s houses you are transmitting it,” Melendez said. “People need to keep in mind the virus is out there. Look at the other cities like New York or even all of Europe which keep seeing a drop in new cases and then for whatever reason, they spike up again.”
79 COVID-19 patients were released from isolation Sunday, meaning a total of 23,588 COVID-19 patients have been symptom-free for 10 days and three days without a fever. 349 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 related complications with 132 of them being treated in intensive care units.