Hidalgo County sees biggest increase in COVID-19 cases

Thursday saw the total amount of COVID-19 cases increase by 45, the largest single day increase, the county said.

That brings the total number of known cases in the county to 679 people.

“We have been saying for days that we knew an increase in positive cases was coming,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “When you test more people, you will find more people who are infected. Today’s numbers are a reflection of the growing availability of testing locally, but also a grim reminder that this virus is still out there and can still infect us. As Governor Greg Abbott continues to loosen restrictions on our activities, we strongly urge caution around crowds.”

The new cases where nearly evenly split between men and women whose ages ranged from their 20s to their 70s.

An additional 21 people where released from isolation Thursday, which made it 260 active cases in the county. 34 people are hospitalized with complications from COVID-19 with three of them placed in intensive care units.

Nearly 22,500 tests have now been administered in Hidalgo County with 1,395 pending results, which  in some cases have been pending for weeks, the county said.

“Because of more aggressive testing throughout Texas, there has been a delay in getting results so the large numbers of new positive cases often reflects several days worth of testing and does not necessarily reflect any rapid increase in the rate of infection,” the county stated in the news release.

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