Two infants who aren’t even a year old are among the 16 Hidalgo County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, the county announced Wednesday in a news release.
“This shows you that this horrible disease does not discriminate,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said upon learning that an eight-month-old girl from Edinburg and a 10-month-old girl from Donna have contracted the highly contagious disease. “We must take this virus seriously, stay home, and take every precaution necessary, particularly with our younger population and the elderly.”
The new positive cases bring to 62 the total number of people in Hidalgo County who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of four of these people have been hospitalized; the rest of the patients have been ordered to isolate themselves at home according to the release.
Investigators with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services department have begun interviewing each of the positive cases to determine whether they have recently traveled and with whom they have had contact recently to see if this was a travel related case.
Those testing positive on Wednesday include:
According to information on the Hidalgo County website, 553 people have been tested for COVID-19 with 356 tests turning up negative and 134 pending results.