Hidalgo County reported 15 COVID-19 related deaths and an additional 758 positive cases of the virus Monday morning.
With the exception of an Alton woman in her 60s, all of the county’s newly reported deaths were individuals over the age of 70. These deaths raise the county’s death toll to 2,376.
The 758 new cases include 379 confirmed cases, 377 probable, and two suspected. These cases raise the county’s total number of positive cases to 60,971, of which 42,009 are confirmed, 18,035 are probable, and 927 are suspected.
There were 434 people in county hospitals with the virus as of Monday morning, and 151 of those people were in intensive care units.
The county reported an additional 721 people had been released from isolation, raising that total to 56,527. There are 2,068 net active cases of coronavirus as of Monday morning.
Hidalgo County has administered 351,120 COVID-19 tests, and 289,302 yielded negative results.
In a news release Monday afternoon, the county announced that it will begin distributing the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents on Tuesday.
The vaccines will be distributed at Hidalgo County health clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 8 a.m. Residents who received the first dose of the vaccine must return to the same health clinic for the second dose and present an appointment card received during their first dose.
Only residents who received the first dose of the vaccine are eligible for the second, the release read.
ELSEWHERE IN THE VALLEY
Cameron County reported 12 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 511 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
The deaths include two women in their 60s and four men in their 30s, 70s, 80s and 90s from Brownsville, a woman in her 70s and two men in their 80s and 90s from Harlingen, a woman in her 60s from La Feria, and two men in their 60s and 80s from San Benito.
The deaths raise the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,275.
Of the 511 new COVID-19 cases, 244 are from Brownsville, 102 are from Harlingen, 69 are from San Benito, 31 are from La Feria and 27 are from Los Fresnos.
These new cases raise the county’s total to 34,259.
The county also reported that 101 people have recovered from the virus, raising that total to 27,856.