Hidalgo County confirmed 16 deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday, the highest single-day death toll so far in the area.
This raises the death toll there to 75, according to a county news release.
The individuals include 11 people in their 70s, three in their 60s, one in their 50s and another in their 30s.
“These are startling numbers, coming at a time when our medical system is working round-the-clock to protect our neighbors,” county Judge Richard F. Cortez wrote in the release. “The least we can do is help these medical professionals out by exercising caution and avoiding people so we can slow the spread of this disease. My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of all those who have died.”
The county also reported 102 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases there to 5,447.
According to the release, there are currently 602 people with the disease being cared for in local hospitals, of which 167 are in intensive care units.
Additionally, 563 people were reported to have been released from isolation, leaving 2,975 active cases in the county.
Hidalgo has administered 54,374 tests so far with 1,057 still pending.
Cameron County officials also confirmed 101 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday in addition to the death of an 80-year-old woman stemming from the disease.
The woman was a resident of The Rio at Fox Hollow nursing home in Brownsville, according to a county news release.
The death toll in the county is now at 68, seven of which died at that nursing home.
The county’s new cases raised the tally there to 2,880.
Additionally, on Monday, 69 people were reported to have recovered from the disease, leaving 807 active cases.