BROWNSVILLE, Texas – According to The New York Times’ tracking numbers, there have now been over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Rio Grande Valley.

Hidalgo County has seen 682 deaths, or 79 per 100,000 people. Starr County has seen 51 deaths, or 79 per 100,000 people. Cameron County has seen 368 deaths, or 87 per 100,000 people. And Willacy County has seen 20 deaths, or 94 per 100,000.

That makes a total of 1,121 deaths in the four-county region.

The New York Times data contrasts with the numbers put out by Cameron County. The county says there have been 258 deaths related to the coronavirus. If the figures reported by Cameron County are correct, rather than those tallied by The New York Times, the Valley has had 1,011 deaths related to COVID-19.

As for COVID-19 cases, The New York Times reports Cameron County has had 14,781 cases, or 3,493 per 100,000 people. Starr County has had 2,206 cases, or 3,413 per 100,000 people. Hidalgo County has had 17,691 cases, or 2,036 per 100,000 people. And Willacy County has had 594 cases, or 2,781 per 100,000 people. 

The New York Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track details about every reported case in the United States, collecting information from federal, state and local officials around the clock. The numbers in this article are being updated several times a day based on the latest information our journalists are gathering from around the country,” the newspaper stated.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Sonia Aguirre, right, and 9-year-old Abdiel Sanchez paying respects to his great-grandfather, Fernando Aguirre, who died of COVID-19 at age 69.(Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)


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