COVID cases, deaths creeping downward in Valley

Hidalgo County reported four COVID-19 related deaths and 238 new cases of the virus on the morning that Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide mask mandate rescindment went into effect.

Those who died include a man over 70 from Donna, a man in his 40s and a woman over 70 from Edinburg, and a woman over 70 from Mission. The four deaths raise the county’s death toll to 2,698.

According to a news release, of the 238 new COVID-19 cases, 131 are confirmed, 95 are probable and 12 are suspected. The county’s total number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 79,380, of which 51,925 have been confirmed, 26,220 probable and 1,235 suspected.

As of Wednesday morning, there were 156 people in county hospitals, and 71 of those patients were in intensive care units.

There were an additional 257 people released from isolation Wednesday, raising that total to 74,305.

There are 2,377 net active cases in the county.

Hidalgo County has administered 418,553 COVID-19 tests, and 338,403 were negative.

Cameron County reported five additional COVID-19 related deaths and 47 new cases.

The deaths include two women in their 60s and a man in his 50s from Brownsville, a man in his 60s from Harlingen, and a man in his 70s from Olmito. The death toll in Cameron County is now 1,532.

The 47 new cases included 22 Brownsville residents and 13 Harlingen residents, raising the total number of positive cases in Cameron County to 37,827.

The county also reported that an additional 246 people recovered from the virus, raising that total to 33,392.