The total number of known COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County rose to 967 after the county reported 55 new cases Friday.
The new cases come from the cities of Alamo, Donna, Edinburg, Hidalgo, McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Palmview, Pharr, San Juan, Weslaco and two from undisclosed cities.
Their ages range from 0 to their 70s, according to the release.
“This jump in numbers, while predicted, is still troubling — particularly the rise in those needing hospital treatment,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “I cannot emphasize enough that this virus is still active and still dangerous. Residents of Hidalgo County need to pay attention to our warnings and avoid crowds as much as possible.”
The number of those hospitalized in area hospitals with COVID-19 related complications has risen to 55 with eight in intensive care units.
20 more people were released from isolation meaning they have not had symptoms for 10 days or a fever for three days. With a total of 514 released from isolation, 441 COVID-19 cases in the county are considered active.
The county noted in the release that an additional factor in the rising numbers of positive cases is the growing availability of testing as passed the 25,796 COVID-19 tests have been administered and the amount of pending results jumped to 2,166.
Starr County reported two new cases, a 3-month old child and an 18-year-old female, bringing the total number of known COVID-19 cases in the county to 96.
34 of those cases have recovered while 61 remain active.