Two infants among 16 new COVID-19 cases in Hidalgo County; RGV count hits 106

The Rio Grande Valley reported more than 100 COVID-19 cases that included infants and children as of Wednesday evening.

Two infants and 14 others tested positive for the disease in Hidalgo County, bringing the total tally there to 62, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced Wednesday. Four have been hospitalized.

“This shows you that this horrible disease does not discriminate,” Cortez said upon learning that an 8-month-old girl from Edinburg and a 10-month-old girl from Donna had contracted the highly contagious disease. “We must take this virus seriously, stay home, and take every precaution necessary, particularly with our younger population and the elderly.”

Hidalgo County health officials did not disclose the locations for two of the new cases Wednesday night.

County Spokesman Carlos Sanchez said officials decided to withhold the information regarding the two cases — a 49-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman — because the communities are so small that officials believe they would violate federal medical privacy laws by identifying them.

“Investigators with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services department have begun the painstaking process of interviewing each of the positive cases to determine whether they have recently traveled and with whom they have had contact recently,” county officials said. “The investigation is too preliminary to give details of recent travel.”

Neighboring Cameron County reported 11 new cases on Wednesday, including that of a nine year-old child, bringing the total number there to 37. Starr County reported zero Wednesday and has a total of 5. Willacy County has two cases, including that of a 4 year-old child.