Total COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 400 in Valley

The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations throughout the Rio Grande Valley dipped below 400 on Monday, the first time they were below that threshold since early August.

There were a total of 391 COVID hospitalizations reported Monday which was down from the 410 reported the previous day, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The last time hospitalizations in the Valley were below 400 was on Aug. 3 when there was a total of 380.

At that time, hospitalizations were quickly rising as variant cases of COVID-19 were spreading across the area. Hospitalizations peaked later that month with a total of 722 on Aug. 20.

The 391 hospitalizations include 218 adult patients, 159 adult patients in intensive care units, and 14 pediatric patients.

As of Monday, there were 26 adult ICU beds available and 10 pediatric ICU beds available Valleywide.

In Hidalgo County alone, COVID hospitalizations also went down.

There were 251 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 of which 226 were adult patients and 25 were pediatric patients, according to news release the county issued Tuesday.

A total of 102 patients were being treated in intensive care units. Of those, 97 were adult patients and five were pediatric.

While hospitalizations saw a decrease, the county reported another 10 deaths due to COVID-19 related complications.

Those deceased included two Edinburg men in their 20s and an Edinburg man in his 30s. Of those 10 individuals, nine were not vaccinated against COVID-19 and the county reached a total of 3,263 COVID deaths.

Additionally, the county reported 389 new cases. Those included 78 confirmed cases, 309 probable and two suspected cases.

There were two new cases among school staff and 19 new cases among students. Since the county began tracking cases in school on Aug. 18, there have been a total of 531 cases among staff and 1,672 cases among students.

For the county as a whole, there is now a total of 113,156 cases since the start of the pandemic. Of those, 67,406 were confirmed, 43,323 probable and 2,427 suspected.

There are currently 2,177 active cases.

Cameron County health officials reported 79 new COVID cases, raising the county’s total to 51,587. Another 94 individuals in the county recovered from COVID, raising the number of recovered individuals to 47,284.

They did not report any new COVID-related deaths, keeping the total number of COVID deaths in Cameron County at 1,886.