Hidalgo County reported seven COVID-19 related deaths and 332 new cases of the virus Wednesday morning as it marked one year since the county reported its first virus-related death.
“This pandemic has affected thousands of our residents,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release Wednesday morning. “A year later, we find that as a community we all continue to struggle through the grim hardships we’ve all faced.”
Nearly 2,800 people have died in Hidalgo County from complications of the disease, and to honor them, the county has compiled two memorial videos. The second was released Wednesday. The videos show images submitted by family members of those who died.
“This video honors all of those grieving and deeply afflicted by this terrible disease and lends peace to those who continue to mourn,” Cortez said.
At least seven more families mourned Wednesday.
The deaths announced that day included a man in his 50s and two women over 70 from Edinburg, a man in his 60s and another over 70 from Mission, a man in his 40s from Pharr, and a woman over 70 from Weslaco. The seven deaths bring the county’s death toll to 2,782.
The county’s 332 new cases include 234 confirmed cases, 96 probable and two suspect, raising the county’s total number of reported cases to 85,628, of which 56,817 were confirmed, 27,292 were probable and 1,519 were suspected.
There are 115 people in county hospitals with the virus, and 44 of those people are in intensive care units. The county also announced 316 people were released from isolation, raising that total to 81,235.
There were 1,611 net active cases in the county as of Wednesday morning.
Hidalgo County has administered 447,262 COVID-19 tests, and 360,880 have returned negative results.