Hidalgo County COVID-19 death toll nears 2,500

14 more county residents died after contracting the COVID-19 virus, Hidalgo County health officials announced Wednesday.

The county announced the new deaths in a news release that also reported 816 new cases of the disease.

The release did not specify when the deaths or the new cases occurred.

The new deaths were made up of eight males and six females from the cities of Alamo, Edinburg, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission and Pharr. The youngest of the victims was in his 40s.

With the new deaths, the county has seen a total of 2,466 COVID-19 related fatalities since the virus first appeared in the county last March.

The 816 new cases bring the total amount of total reported COVID-19 cases in the county to 66,272. Of those cases, 2,450 remain active.

4040 county residents who have the virus remain in area hospitals while 147 of them are being treated in intensive care units.

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