The total number of people known to be infected with the COVID-19 virus rose to 537 after the county reported 21 new cases in a Wednesday news release.
The rise in new case is attributed to a growth in the number of tests being administered in the county due to active mobile test sites and the 730 patients and staff who have been tested at four McAllen nursing homes.
These tests have been done by the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the military and Emergency Medical Task Force-11, the county said in a news release.
12,023 tests have been administered with 2,973 results pending.
“I know we all would like for this disease to go away,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez stated in the news release. “But this is evidence that the problem is still with us and we must be mindful of that. We must continue to practice safe measures like physical distancing, good hygiene and avoiding large crowds.”
The new cases were nearly equally divided between men and women whose ages ranged from 20s to 70s from the cities of Hidalgo, Alamo, Pharr, Mission, McAllen, Edinburg and Weslaco.
16 people remain hospitalized with complications from the virus with three of them in intensive care units. As there were no new releases from isolation, the count of active COVID-19 cases in the county rose to 215.
Starr County also reported three new cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 27.
In a social media post. County Judge Eloy Vera said one of the cases was a woman in her 20s who was tested near San Antono and two males in their 40s and 50s, the latter of which is hospitalized in a Hidalgo County hospital.