EDINBURG – Sixteen people, including two infants, in Hidalgo County tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced Wednesday in a press release.
“This shows you that this horrible disease does not discriminate,” Judge 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 the total number of people in Hidalgo County who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 62. A total of four of these people have been hospitalized; the rest of the patients have been ordered to isolate themselves at home.
Investigators with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services department have begun the painstaking process of interviewing each of the positive cases to determine whether they have recently traveled and with whom they have had contact recently. The investigation is too preliminary to give details of recent travel.
Hidalgo County officials have also begun the process of contacting officials in each of the communities in which the newest patients live. Because of the early stages of investigation, no other details will be provided.
The following chart indicates the demographic information on the latest sixteen confirmed cases in the county.