During a weekend that is being considered critical in how the county responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hidalgo County reported 22 more people died of COVID-19 complications while another 222 people tested positive over the last two days.
Sunday’s numbers bring the total count of people in the county who have died from this disease to 1,272 while the total number of people who have contracted the disease now stands at 28,591 with 2,836 of those cases marked as active.
“We have said it before, but we are in the midst of another critical weekend as people in Hidalgo County celebrate Labor Day — a day that traditionally involves large family gatherings,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a Sunday news release. “But these tragically rising numbers of our neighbors who have died, as well as those who have contracted this virus, are a reminder that we must protect ourselves. To the extent you can avoid large crowds on Labor Day, please do. It’s for your own safety and that of your family.”
254 people remain in area hospitals with COVID-19 related complications as 102 of them are placed in intensive care units. 272 COVID-19 patients were released from isolation Sunday meaning a total of 24,483 people have shown no COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days including three without a fever.