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Nine more COVID-19 deaths reported in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County continues to see COVID-19 hospitalization rates not seen since the summer, nine more residents lost their lives to the contagious disease.

On Wednesday, the county reported 637 new cases of the disease, 483 of which were confirmed to be cases of COVID-19. The total amount of reported COVID-19 cases in the county now stands at 56,263 with 2,212 of those cases marked as active.

The new deaths include three males and six females from the cities of Edinburg, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission and two undisclosed cities.All of them were over the age of 70.

In total, 2,269 residents have succumbed from complications to the disease.

409 residents remain in area hospitals with COVID-19 related health issues with 145 of them being treated in intensive care units. Similar numbers of COVID-19 related patients in area hospitals haven’t been seen in the county since July 1 of last year. Those numbers climbed up to over 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalized individuals by July 24, causing overcrowded hospitals and a low amount of hospital beds available for non-COVID-19 afflicted hospital patients.

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