Hidalgo County reported 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19 Tuesday along with 526 cases of the virus, a marked uptick from Monday when the county reported no new deaths and only 176 new cases.
Tuesday’s data raises the total number of cases in Hidalgo County to 43,546 and the total number of deaths to 2,063.
Hospitalization rates for COVID-19 patients continued creeping up as well Tuesday, increasing to 221 from 204 the previous day.
Of those 221 patients, 82 are in intensive care units.
The county also announced locations of free COVID-19 testing for the week, which will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at various locations.
- Weslaco Service Center, 1200 E. Sixth St. in Weslaco on Monday.
- Alamo Community Center, 1429 S. Tower Road in Alamo on Tuesday.
- San Carlos Endowment Center, 107 Sunflower Road in Edinburg on Wednesday.
- Progreso Community Center, 510 FM 1015 in Weslaco.
Other Valley officials reported new COVID-19 information as well Tuesday.
Cameron County reported 139 new cases of the virus and four more deaths related to it, while Starr County reported two new cases and Willacy County reported 13, two of which are no longer considered active.