Hidalgo County COVID-19 death count climbs to 103, 278 new cases

Hidalgo County reported 13 more COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 103. Among those who died are residents from Alamo, Alton, Donna, Hidalgo, McAllen, Mission, Palmhurst and Weslaco. The deaths were split between eight men and five women whose ages ranged from their 40s and 70+, according to a…

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Mass COVID-19 testing shuts down early, new hours provided

An “overwhelming response” in the amount of people getting tested for COVID-19 at the Bert Ogden Arena has led to officials halting testing two hours earlier than planned. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced they will provide free COVID-19 testing at the Bert Ogden Arena grounds for the public for nearly…

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Largest free COVID-19 testing site in Texas opens tomorrow

5,000 COVID-19 tests will be conducted daily for nearly week starting tomorrow in Edinburg. The city announced Tuesday morning the Department of Health and Human Services will provide free COVID-19 testing at Bert Ogden Arena for the public starting tomorrow. Testing at the arena, located at 4900 South I-69C, will start Wednesday July, 8 and run through Tuesday,…

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Hidalgo County reports 16 more COVID-19 related deaths, 102 new cases

Hidalgo County hospitals continue to operate near capacity with 602 people now being treated for COVID-19 related complications and 167 of those cases being treated intensive care units. The county also reported the deaths of 16 people Monday after they tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 75. “These are startling…

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TWC receives $9.4M in federal funds

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced more than $9 million in federal funding for the Texas Workforce Commission to support a statewide apprenticeship program. These funds, $9,450,000, were awarded though the U.S. Department of Labor Building State Capacity to Expand Apprenticeship through Innovation program, will support the statewide expansion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program in order to…

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Hidalgo County launches the COVID-19 mortgage and rent relief program

Residents affected by COVID-19 pandemic will receive help in paying for rent and mortgage thanks to a $7.5 million program. Hidalgo County  launched the Mortgage and Rent Relief Program to assist rural county residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with short-term mortgage and rental assistance, Hidalgo County Community Service Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria said…

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COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County soar past 5,000 mark

547 more people in Hidalgo County tested positive for COVID-19 during the 4th of July weekend, bringing the total amount of known cases to 5,345. The new cases come at a time when local hospitals remain at near capacity with 571 people hospitalized with complications from the disease and 144 of those being treated in intensive care…

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Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park to temporarily close

One of Mission’s most popular parks will be closed for the next two weeks. The Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park  announced on social media Saturday that the park be close Sunday, July 5 and will reopen Friday, July 17. “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has learned that an individual at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park…

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Hidalgo County hospitals at capacity

An alert from the county is warning residents hospitals are at capacity Friday as 278 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and a McAllen man in his 20s died from complications from the virus. The new cases come at the start of the 4th of July holiday weekend, which Hidalgo County Judge Richard…

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