COVID-19 cases in the county now totals 7

An increase in testing has resulted in county officials confirming that two more people have tested positive for COVID-19,the county announced Wednesday.

This brings the total number of patients who tested positive for coronavirus to seven. Federal law prohibits these people from being identified but county investigators will inform members of the public who may have had contact with the individuals.

As the number of people testing positive increases, so do our challenges,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a statement. “The public should not be alarmed with these additional cases and should be aware that we expect many more. The best way to avoid this highly contagious disease is to stay home.”

Investigators with the county’s Health and Human Services Department are actively working all of the cases to determine if this strain of coronavirus was contracted while traveling and who may have had contact with these people. The affected patients are all subject to county-issued control orders to stay in isolation in their homes.

130 people in the county have been tested for COVID-19 with 36 pending results, according to the county website.

Judge Cortez also emphasized that people should wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing and avoid contact with any crowd. He said residents of Hidalgo County should be especially mindful of the elderly by checking in on their well-being and encouraging them to avoid people.

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