Hidalgo County announced on Thursday 522 new positive cases of the COVID-19 disease as well as four deaths related to the disease.
Thursday’s numbers were released via the county’s new format of announcing the COVID cases in accordance to Texas DSHS 2020 case criteria guide.
Of the 522 new reported cases, 225 of them were confirmed through a molecular or PCR (oral or nasal swabs) test that looks for the presence of the virus’s genetic material, 292 of the cases were reported as “probable,” meaning the person tested positive through an antigen test (nasal swab) that detects the presence of COVID in the system, and five cases were listed as “suspect,” meaning the person who has tested positive for having COVID-19 antibodies through a specific type of serum, plasma or whole blood test, but has no prior history of being a confirmed or probable case.
The deaths included three men from the cities of Alamo, McAllen and Mission whose ages ranged from their 30s to over the age of 70.
A female in her 60s from an undisclosed city was also among the victims.
With the new numbers, a total of 47,799 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the county with 2,576 of them remaining active.
255 people remain in county hospitals to be treated with COVID-19 related complications with 92 of them placed in intensive care units.