In what the county is saying is as a grim reminder of how quickly the coronavirus pandemic may spread, an additional 35 people tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced Friday.
This represents the largest single day total since testing began as the total of COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County now stands at 181. There has been one death.
According to a Friday news release from the county, 19 of the 35 new cases can directly be traced to earlier cases in what Hidalgo County health investigators say is mounting evidence that community spread is active in the region. It also underscores the need for people to stay home on Easter Sunday, a day is which large family gatherings have traditionally been the norm in south Texas, Judge Cortez argued.
“The sheer number of new positive cases and the number of those people infected who have a direct relationship with someone who tested positive earlier should tell people why they need to stay home and stay safe,” Cortez said, adding that there is also growing evidence that this strain of coronavirus is getting more people sicker.
30 people who have tested positive are now being treated in area hospitals while 10 more people who tested positive earlier have now been released from isolation. That means they have shown no symptoms for ten days, including the last three days exhibiting no fever, the release said.
That brings the total number of people who have been released to 19.
Each of the new positive cases requires self-isolation for themselves and their families.