9 more people have tested positive for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus Wednesday, the county announced in a news release.
The number of people tested locally has surpassed the 4,000 mark, as the county has now tested a total of 4,072 people — 3,872 of them by private facilities and another 200 by public facilities, the county stated.
With the latest nine, a total of 324 people have now tested positive. Another 3,638 have tested negative and 110 test results are pending.
This is data Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said will be useful as the World Health Organization has said that a good benchmark for testing is a ten percent or lower positive rate. The county stands at 8.9 percent, Cortez said.
“Having this data will be helpful as the state begins to reopen,” Judge Cortez said. “I’m a big proponent of using data as well as the advice of medical experts as a basis for decision-making about whether the reopening process is posing any concerns.”
On Wednesday, the county also released 20 people from isolation, bringing the total number of patients released from isolation to 182, meaning that more than half of the COVID-19 cases in the county are no longer active.
15 people remain in area hospitals while two are in intensive care units, the county said.