Valley reports four more COVID-19 deaths, 314 new cases

The Rio Grande Valley reported four additional coronavirus-related fatalities and 314 cases of the virus Thursday.

Hidalgo County continued to report lower COVID-19 fatality numbers, announcing that two more residents died of the virus.

The additional deaths bring the total number of fatalities related to the coronavirus to 1,969 for the county.

Fatalities confirmed in the last three weeks account for just 4% of that number, but Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez wrote that the number of deaths was still too high in a release Thursday.

“Number of those who have died is thankfully lower, compared to previous days but there are still too many,” he stated. “I extend my prayers and my condolences to the family and friends of these two people.”

Officials also reported 216 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the county to 36,493.

Hospitalization rates have changed marginally this week.

Officials reported 156 individuals infected with COVID-19 were in area hospitals, 66 of them in intensive care units, compared with 184 individuals hospitalized with 62 in ICU on Monday.

In other parts of the Valley, Cameron County reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 and 83 new cases.

Willacy County announced additional pandemic activity as well Thursday morning, reporting two additional cases there recorded Nov. 4 and another two recorded Nov. 5.

The county also announced a dozen other cases that bring the total for the county to 1,240.

“Due to a backlog in reporting, there are twelve (12) other cases from Willacy County,” a statement reads. “These cases are not considered active cases.”

Starr County reported 11 new cases Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases there to 273.