HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Spring Break brings a large number of visitors to the valley, and with that, some doctors are concerned about the impact this week may have on COVID-19 cases in the area.
In March 2020, Valley reported its first case of COVID-19 shortly after Spring Break.
Two years later, Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez that Spring Breakers will have a small impact on new COVID-19 cases reported in the valley.
“The people who are on spring break, many of whom are not immunized, are the lowest group per age of people who are immunized. But they are young, so very few of these people will end up in the hospital with COVID,” Melendez said .
COVID-19 cases in the valley have dropped dramatically from their peak in late January.
“Before, every five minutes, a code with a dying person was called,” Melendez said of previous hospitalizations. “I have not hospitalized anyone with COVID for about five days. I have people with COVID now, but I have not hospitalized a new patient for about five days, which is great.”
While hospital admissions are lower than they were during the peak in January, new cases are still in the hundreds, but the trend is declining.
“I feel happy,” Melendez said on the lower numbers. “I’m a little afraid it’s too good to be true. But I think we’re going from a pandemic state to an endemic state, and this disease will be like the flu. “
That COVID is endemic means that the virus will always be present, but in smaller numbers.
As we move toward that, Melendez said we are not done with the pandemic yet.
“We are not in the first inning, but we are not in the ninth inning,” he said. “Things certainly look a lot better, but people are still dying every day. We still have almost 70 people in the hospital right now, about seven percent of the hospital beds are occupied by people with COVID. ”