More than 500 new COVID cases in Valley

There were over 500 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported Tuesday from counties across the Rio Grande Valley as the number of hospitalizations in Hidalgo County rose beyond the 150-mark and the number of active cases more than quadrupled since the beginning of the month.

In Hidalgo County, there were 326 new cases of COVID-19 in addition to two more deaths.

Of the new cases, 60 were confirmed and 266 were probable. The overall tally of cases inches closer to 100,000 in the county, and is now at 97,122, with 62,301 confirmed, 32,554 probable and 2,267 suspected.

The county reported that there are 2,192 cases currently active, which is more than four times the 527 cases that were active on July 1.

The two individuals who died due to COVID-19 were identified in a county news release Tuesday as a man and woman in their 60s from Mission and Mercedes, respectively. The virus toll in Hidalgo County is now 2,935.

Hospitalizations reached 160 as of Tuesday, with 43 in intensive care units.

Cameron County health officials reported 227 new cases, raising the total number of cases there to 43,970.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,515 active cases in Cameron County, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. That’s nearly twice as many as the 782 active cases reported at the beginning of the month.

In Starr County, there were seven new confirmed cases and one probable case, according to DSHS data which showed that the 138 active cases there were also four times as many as the active cases there on July 1.

According to that same data, Willacy County also reported seven new confirmed cases on Tuesday. It currently has 192 active cases which is nearly triple what it had July 1.