The total amount of known cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County rose to 560 after the county announced 12 new cases in a Friday news release.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez stated in the news release that more aggressive testing in the county is causing the increase in positive cases.
“This disease has not gone away and we need to continue to be diligent about keeping ourselves safe,” Cortez stated in the news release. “Despite the temptation to get out, please think about the possible consequences.”
The 12 new cases are evenly split between men and women from the cities of Mission, Donna, San Juan, Weslaco, Mercedes, Hidalgo, McAllen and Edinburg. Their ages range from 20s to 60s.
20 people are now hospitalized with complications from the virus with three of those being treated in intensive care units, the release stated. An additional three people were released from isolation meaning that they have been symptom free for 10 days, including three days without a fever, making it a total of 346 cases being released from isolation and 204 active COVID-19 cases in the county.
A total of 13,902 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 9,546 tests coming back negative and 3,796 pending results.