Valley reports 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Four more Hidalgo County residents died from complications related to COVID-19 and 199 more tested positive for the disease, county officials reported Friday.

A Mercedes woman in her 60s, an Edinburg woman over 70 years old, and two men over 70 — one from Weslaco and the other from an undisclosed location — died due to the coronavirus disease.

The new losses bring the total COVID-related deaths to 1,998 and the total number of cases to 37,413, with 2,143 considered active.

“COVID-19 is flaring up across the nation,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “We must protect ourselves to avoid a similar spike in cases in South Texas.”

“Please stay home when you can and wear facial coverings when you go out,” Cortez added. “To the friends and family of the four who have died, I offer my condolences.”

Additionally, there are 170 COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout the county. Of those, 64 are being treated in an intensive care unit.

Cameron County health officials reported one COVID-related death, a San Benito woman in her 50s, raising the county’s total to 1,100 deaths.

There were also 97 additional cases there for a total of 24,992, of which 2,440 are active.

The county also reported 11 county employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release issued by the office of Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño.

Seven of those employees were from the Juvenile Probation Department, one was from the Adult Probation Department, one was from the Pct. 3 Public Works office, and two were from the sheriff’s office.

Citing privacy laws, the county stated they would not release specific employee information.

“We continue the push of doing the best we can to remain safe with the orders and guidance in place,” Treviño stated. “We have adapted to this new norm and we must not lose hope that brighter days are ahead of us. Please heed the advice and mandates in place.”

“To all county employees, please continue to utilize the health and sanitation protocols when out in public and remain home and self-isolate should you be positive with COVID-19,” the county judge added. “United in effort, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 both at work and at home.”

Starr County’s latest update reported eight additional cases on Thursday for a total of 335 active cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county reports they’ve had 3,904 confirmed cases and 187 COVID-19 related deaths.