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Hidalgo County clears 8 COVID-19 patients for ‘release’

The day after the county reported the first death following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced that eight people have been “cleared for release” after battling the virus.

For a patient to be considered “cleared for release” by the county, they must be free of symptoms for ten days and have no fever for three days. In addition, Hidalgo County requires that no one in the household test positive for COVID-19, according to a Wednesday news release.

These guidelines clear patients for release from isolation and return for work.

These are stricter guidelines than the ones from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which says a patient must stop showing symptoms of the illness for seven days, including having no fever for three days.

“This is encouraging news, but we should in no way let our guard down,” Judge Cortez said. Underscoring the caution are statistics that show that 19 people are now hospitalized with the disease, including five in intensive care units. “We know Easter is a time for extended families to gather, but the best thing to do for your families this Easter is to stay at home with your core family,” Cortez said.

11 new positive cases reported wednesday bring the total number of people in Hidalgo County who have tested positive to 139. Local officials have been notified of the new positive cases in their communities as well as Hidalgo County Commissioners. Each person testing positive and that person’s family have been ordered to isolate themselves in their homes.


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