Two women from Pharr and San Juan have tested positive for the COVID-19, announced Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.
This brings the total number of positive cases in the county, Cortez said in a Thursday news release.
Each of the two people, a 61-year-old San Juan woman and a 48-year-old Pharr woman, have been placed in isolation at their homes, Cortez said.
“We were expecting an increase in the number of cases and we are now beginning to see this,” Cortez said. “This will be more true as we begin to ramp up testing capabilities.”
Hidalgo County health officials have already begun working with the patients to determine what contact they have had with the community so people who may have been in contact with them can be contacted by health officials.
The mayors of the affected cities have also been contacted so that additional local measures can be put in place if necessary, the release stated.
Because of the investigation into these cases is at a preliminary stage, no further information was available.
According to the Hidalgo County website, 230 people have been tested for coronavirus with 148 cases turning up negative and 71 pending.