With nearly 50,000 COVID-19 cases administered, Hidalgo County is reporting 268 new cases of the disease and seven more deaths.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez confirmed the new numbers in a Thursday news release, adding that the total number of positive cases is now 4,520.
The deaths involved two women and five men from the cities of Elsa, Edinburg, McAllen, San Juan, Mission and Edinburg. Their ages range from their 20s to older than 70s. All had underlying medical conditions according to the Cortez.
In a statement, Cortez urged citizens to remain safe, especially during the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend.
“We must not let our guard down,” Cortez said. “This is the time to stay vigilant and wear facial coverings as Governor Greg Abbott has ordered all Texans to do while out in public.
According to the release, there is now a new reporting protocol and the hospitalizations numbers have dramatically increased.
The release, which didn’t elaborate what the reporting protocol included, said there are currently 451 people hospitalized with complications from the virus and 104 of those cases are being treated in intensive care units. There are 3,203 net active cases and 2,771 test results are pending. 83 people were released from isolation on Thursday meaning that they have been symptom-free for 10 days, including three days without a fever.
The story was updated Thursday, July 2 at 9:40 p.m. to amend the amount of people hospitalized.