A 90-year-old man with COVID-19 from Cameron County officials has died, raising the total number of deaths there to 26, county officials confirmed in a news release Thursday evening.
The man was a resident of the Windsor Atrium rehabilitation center in Harlingen, where 33 employees and 57 residents have tested positive for the disease. This is the 12th death that can be traced to the center.
“It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of another individual to this deadly virus,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said in the release. “Not only do we continue to mourn as a community, but we also keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”
The county also reported 13 more cases of the coronavirus, whose ages range from 5 to 80. Nine of the new cases are residents of Brownsville, two from Harlingen and two from Los Fresnos.
Now, a total of 582 positive cases of COVID-19 have come from Cameron with 230 currently active. Officials reported 22 recoveries on Thursday, setting the total of recovered individuals in Cameron County at 352.
Hidalgo County also reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases there to 417.
The new cases — five women and three men — range in age from their 20s to 70s, and are from Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Alton, Pharr and Palmview.
According to a county news release, three people have also been released from isolation, meaning that they have not shown symptoms for 10 days, and have gone three days without a fever. A total of 238 people have been released from isolation, leaving the total of active cases there at 164.
Three people are reported to be hospitalized in local intensive care units, and so far, the county has administered 6,652 tests. There have been a total of 10 deaths in the county.
Additionally, Dr. Jose Vazquez, the Star county health authority confirmed that a 13-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the 16th there.
The boy is a Rio Grande City native, and Vazquez added that his family had a history of travel.
So far, seven individuals from Starr who previously tested posted have recovered, leaving nine active cases.
There are 14 reported cases of the coronavirus in Willacy County.
As of Thursday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the Rio Grande Valley — spanning Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties — is 1,029; 406 of which are confirmed active.