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Hidalgo County reports ‘unexpected surge’ in new cases

Following what officials are calling an “unexpected surge” in new COVID-19 cases, the total amount of known positive cases of the disease now stands 30,046 after 325 people tested positive for the disease Wednesday.

On Tuesday, 202 people tested positive for the disease.

Wednesday also saw 20 more COVID-19 deaths in the county, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release.

“I have been encouraged by the direction of the numbers this week, but this jump in the number of new cases is concerning,” Judge Cortez said. “The bottom line is we must remain diligent about the dangers of this virus. And we all should consider any additional deaths from this disease tragic. My condolences go out to the family and friends of these victims.”

The latest case totals bring the count of people in the county who have died from this disease to 1,470. Out of the total 30,046 COVID-19 cases in the county, 2,090 of them are marked as active.

230 people remain in area hospitals with COVID-19 complications with 84 of them being treated in intensive care units.

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