The total number of known COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County has jumped to 912 after the county reported 70 new cases Thursday.
The jump in cases is one seen all over the state and the rest of the Rio grande Valley as the state reported its highest amount of new cases Wednesday, leading the county judges of Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy and Cameron to hold a joint press conference Thursday afternoon.
“What we want to strongly convey to you today is that you don’t need for us to tell you what to do,” Judge Cortez said, flanked by the county judges of Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties. “You know what to do. You can and should be part of the solution. We don’t need to order restrictions. We simply need you to continue to engage in the practices that we know works: shelter at home; avoid mass gatherings; facial coverings; physical distancing, avoiding travel; and good hygiene.”
There are currently 406 active cases of COVID-19 in the county and 30 people were released from isolation today. as 1,657 tests remain pending.
Hidalgo County has also seen a jump in the amount of people hospitalized in area hospitals as 51 people have been hospitalized with complications from the virus; eight of those cases are being treated in intensive care units.
The four Rio Grande Valley County Judges each pointed to upward trends in the number of people in their respective counties testing positive for the virus and requiring hospitalization. Each Judge urged the public to remain cautious and understand that the deadly virus remains active and spreading throughout the Valley.