263 new cases in RGV as Texas now has highest number of positive tests in US

Hidalgo County reported three additional COVID-19 related deaths and 160 new cases of the virus on Monday.

Those numbers were confirmed by the county as of Friday.

“Tomorrow is Election Day and we urge caution as people head out to cast their ballots, but we also offer assurance that our elections division is doing all it can to keep voters and election workers safe,” HIdalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “To the family and friends of those who have died, I offer my sincere condolences.”

A Mission woman in her 40s and a man and woman in their 70s, both from undisclosed locations, succumbed to the virus.

As of Friday, the county’s death toll stands at 1,955, and the total number of cases rose to 35,945.

The bulk of Monday’s reported cases came from Edinburg, which had 35 new coronavirus cases, and Mission, which had 31 new cases.

There are 184 people in county hospitals with the virus, of which 62 are in intensive care units. There were 47 people released from isolation Friday, raising that total to 31,482.

There are 2,508 net active cases in the county as of Friday.

The county has administered 197,683 COVID-19 tests and 161,334 have had negative results.

Cameron County announced 100 new COVID-19 cases there and two COVID-19 related deaths Monday.

The two deaths were both residents of Brownsville — women in their 60s and 80s. The majority of the new cases also came from Brownsville, which accounted for 49.

The 100 new cases raise the total in Cameron County to 24,380, and the death toll now stands at 1,085.

The county reported that an additional 43 people have recovered from the virus, raising that total to 22,125.

Starr County reported three more cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.

There are currently 244 active cases there, and 3,539 people have recovered from the virus.

The death toll in Starr County is at 186.

Local numbers announced Monday came the same day that the Associated Press reported Texas surpassing California for the highest number of positive tests in the U.S. Texas has also now reported more than 18,000 COVID-19 related deaths.

Johns Hopkins University data specifically shows that — as of Sunday — there have been 937,317 COVID-19 cases in Texas whereas California has had 936,198 cases, and Florida has had 807,412, according to the AP report.

The average positivity rate in Texas has risen from 7.12% to 10.72%, according to the AP, which reminds in its reporting that the actual number of COVID-19 cases in Texas may be higher than indicated due to people who may be infected yet not exhibiting symptoms, and therefore not being tested.