Seven more Hidalgo County residents received a COVID-19 diagnosis Thursday, according to a news release from the county.
This brings the total number of cases in the county to 146. The county also reported Thursday that one more person was cleared for release from home isolation, making a total of nine people who once were symptomatic and tested positive, but have shown no symptoms of the disease for ten days, including three days with no fever.
“We go into a critical weekend with encouraging numbers,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “But we must remain vigilant. Easter weekend traditionally means large gatherings with extended family. This year I urge everyone to stay at home with your core family members instead. We must slow the spread of this disease and avoiding gatherings is a key way to do that.”
19 people have been hospitalized because of the disease and five are in intensive care units, the release stated. The new positive cases and their families have been ordered to isolate themselves at home and the mayors of the affected cities have been notified, Judge Cortez said.