A Mercedes girl has become the first child in Hidalgo County to die this year after contracting COVID-19.
State and county health officials did not identify the 9-year-old girl nor indicate how she became infected with the coronavirus. But Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez told Channel 5 News the girl had several underlying conditions that made her susceptible to complications from the disease.
The girl was one of nine additional COVID patients whose deaths were listed on Thursday’s COVID report from the Hidalgo County Health Department. The deaths raise the Hidalgo County toll to 3,127 – the 5th highest in the state.
Elsewhere, the Thursday report showed 258 new coronavirus infections. Close to half were among individuals 19 and under, further raising fears that the virus is spreading in the schools.