Fifth COVID-19 death confirmed in Cameron County

Authorities on Friday confirmed Cameron County’s fifth death attributed to COVID-19, this time claiming the life of a 77-year-old Los Fresnos man.

This is the first COVID-19 related death of a community transmission case, according to a Cameron County press release. The person had been previously reported as a case for Cameron County.

“It saddens me that we have lost another individual from our community to this deadly virus and, unfortunately, this individual is our first community transmission death and not related to the nursing home cases,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said.

“Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”

Cameron County also confirmed an additional nine coronavirus cases, raising the number of confirmed cases in the county to 279. Of those, 102 patients have recovered.

The ages of those affected in Friday’s announcement ranged from 4 to 86 and were listed as follows:

>> In Brownsville, there were three cases, including a 6-year-old girl, linked to previous infections; one community acquired infection, and another case that was travel-related.

>> In Harlingen, two more cases were confirmed, linked to previous infections.

>> In Los Fresnos, a 4-year-old girl has been confirmed infected, linked to a previous case.

>> In San Benito, one case is linked to a previous case.

New Hidalgo County cases

In Hidalgo County, seven new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Friday.

This brings Hidalgo County’s total number of cases to 242 people, County Judge Richard F. Cortez said.

Three others were released from isolation, meaning they have shown no symptoms for 10 days or had a fever in the last three days.

That brings the total number of people released from isolation to 45.

Twenty-eight people are in area hospitals with COVID-19 related illnesses; six of them are in intensive care units.

Each of the seven new people testing positive, as well as members of their households, have been ordered to isolate themselves.

The new cases range in age from 20s to 60s.