There are now 18 cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County after seven more people tested positive for it, the county announced Friday.
Early indications are that most of the new cases are travel related, said Hidalgo County health officials. All of the new positive cases are residents of McAllen and Judge Cortez has alerted McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.
All of the people who have tested positive have been ordered to self-isolate as investigators compile information regarding their recent whereabouts. Health officials will use that information to reach out to people who may have had contact with these people in the last few weeks.
“Almost all of the people who have tested positive are medically stable and recovering at home,” said Ivan Melendez, Hidalgo County’s Health Authority. One of those who tested positive remains hospitalized in a hospital outside of Hidalgo County.
According to information on the county website, there have been 237 people tested for coronavirus with 148 tests coming back negative and 71 pending results.
12 of the positive cases are from McAllen with the rest of the positive cases coming from the cities of Alamo, Edinburg, Mission Pharr and San Juan, according to a county release.