EDINBURG, Texas – There have been 88 deaths related to COVID-19 in Hidalgo County, Texas, in the last three days.

Twenty-two residents died Thursday due to complications related to COVID-19, while 1,248 learned they have tested positive for the virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. This brings the total number of positive cases to 10,492. 

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of 22 people from our community. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals,” Cortez said. “To those currently battling this disease and who are at home, I urge you to remain quarantined so that you may not infect a loved one or anyone in our community.”

Cortez said the sharp increase in positive cases is due to the release of test results from the federal testing at Bert Ogden Arena. Health officials say that over the next several days a large number of positive results are expected to come from that testing site.

Cortez said there are currently 968 people hospitalized with complications from the disease with 249 of those in intensive care units. A total of 236 people were released from isolation today meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. There are 5,861 net active cases.

On Wednesday, Cortez announced a record high 35 residents died due to complications related to COVID-19 and 651 people learned they had tested positive for the virus.

“My most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of these 35 people. We are doing the best that we can to curb the spread of this virus but we still need your help. It is important that we maintain our distance and avoid all other social gatherings outside of our household,” Cortez said. 

The previous high was Tuesday of this week, when Cortez announced 31 Hidalgo County residents had died of complications related to COVID-19.

“I am deeply saddened today knowing that we continue to lose more and more of our neighbors to this terrible virus,” Cortez said Tuesday. “The continued rise in fatalities and total positive cases is a grim reminder that this disease does not discriminate, and that we must all do our part if we are to overcome it.”

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