In their first COVID-19 report of the new year, Hidalgo County announced nearly 450 new cases of the contagious disease and hospitalization numbers inching closer to the 400 mark.
County health officials announced 448 new cases of the disease and seven more deaths in a Monday news release, their first COVID-19 report since New Year’s Eve Thursday.
The deaths include four males and three females from the cities of Edinburg, McAllen, mission and Pharr whose ages range from their 40s to over the age of 70.
In total, 2,208 county residents have succumbed to the disease according to the disease.
The 448 new cases make contribute to the county total of 52,110 COVID-19 cases, 2,148 of which remain active.
377 people remain in area hospitals to be treated for the disease, up from the 344 patients reported in the previous county COVID-19 report.
Of those 377 patients, 114 of them are being treated in intensive care units.