The number of people in Hidalgo County who have tested positive for the coronavirus has surpassed 50,000.
Since its presence was first confirmed in the county in mid-March, the virus has infected 50,032 residents. The milestone was reached Monday when Hidalgo County health officials reported 304 new coronavirus infections. The report also noted a total of 45,218 residents had recovered from COVID-19 over the 9-month period.
The number of Hidalgo County residents who have died of the disease stands at 2,181 – still the second-highest COVID death toll in the state. With four days left in the year, the death toll in Cameron County totals 1,172 – the seventh-highest in the state. Valleywide, 3,614 lives have been lost to COVID-19.