The counties of Starr and Hidalgo reported a combined 278 new COVID-19 cases Thursday across both counties with nearly all of them appearing from Hidalgo County.
Hidalgo County reported 271 new cases and 40 deaths along with 1,206 people released from isolation on Thursday after being symptom free for 10 days, including three without a fever.
The 1,206 released Hidalgo County residents is the highest amount of released patients in a day so far, making it 9,899 total cases of people released from isolation.
With the 271 new cases for the virus, the total number of known positive cases in the county is now 16,646 with 6,131 of those cases marked as active..
“Each day we continue to lose more of our fellow county residents to this deadly virus. I send my deepest condolences to the families of these victims,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a statement. “I remind you to practice social distancing and the use of facial coverings. COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. Face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.”
917 people remain in area hospitals with COVID-19 complications with 236 of them in intensive care units.
Starr County reported seven new COVID-19 cases, most of which came from people residing in Rio Grande City.
The seven new cases bring the total amount of known cases in Starr County to 1,941.
As of Thursday, 686 people have recovered while 1,233 are recovering under medical care.
The county confirmed death toll remains at 22 while 41 fatalities are pending confirmation from the state.
Six of the new cases came from Rio Grande City and one came from the city of Roma. Four of the newly infected people were women whose ages ranged from 26 to 59 while the three male cases ranged from 44 to 74.