Positive COVID-19 results in Hidalgo County nears 550, 31 released from isolation Thursday

11 more people in Hidalgo County tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of known cases of the virus to 548.

17 people are now hospitalized with complications from the virus with three of them being treated in intensive care units, the county announced in a news release.

The new cases include seven males and three women. Their ages range from their 20s to 60s and come from Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Alton and an undisclosed city.

An additional 31 people were released from isolation Thursday, meaning they have been symptom free for 10 days, including three days without a fever. 343 people have been released from isolation, making it 195 active cases in the county.

“The recovery rate from COVID-19 continues to increase as more residents are released from isolation,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez stated in the news release. “I strongly urge residents to maintain good hygiene, wear face coverings as much as possible and practice social distancing while they are out in public.”

A total of 12,352 COVID-19 tests have been administered by the county with 8,718 tests coming back negative and 3,086 pending results.

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