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Hidalgo County sees a decrease in hospitalized coronavirus patients

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Friday, August 14 2020 Aug 14, 2020 August 14, 2020 11:15 PM August 14, 2020 in News - Local

Hidalgo County is reporting a decrease in total number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals.

Just last month, Hidalgo County hospitals were at full capacity. Beds for COVID-19 patients were scarce.

But now there are some signs the situation is slightly improving.

"We're continuing to see a decrease in total number of COVID patients that are in the hospital. At our height, approximately two weeks ago, we had 1,100 people in the hospital. Now we're having about 600 — a little bit less, maybe," said Dr. Ivan Melendez.

Melendez, the county health authority, said although that decrease is encouraging, they're not seeing as much of a decrease when it comes to ICU patients.

And for those caring for COVID-19 patients, like Monica Cardenas, the situation is still dire.

"Overwhelming is the only way to say it. Our overall deaths I think have decreased but we still have a lot of them that they stay sick for a really long time," Cardenas said.

Cardenas said the threat that COVID-19 presents should be at the forefront of everyone's mind.

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