Hidalgo County: No new virus cases

For the first time in 45 days, Hidalgo County reported that on Tuesday it did not have a positive COVID-19 case to report.

There have been a total of 353 positive cases since March 21. Of those, 203 have been released from isolation.

There are currently 143 active cases.

“This is great news, but we shouldn’t let our guard down,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. “We need to keep this up by continuing to practice the safety measures that we have been practicing, including staying at home, good hygiene and avoiding crowds.”

As of Tuesday, however, there were still 83 pending tests, according to the county, which also said in its news release that 13 people remain hospitalized, including three who are in intensive-care units.

The positive news follows sad news on Monday, when the county reported that a 50-year-old man with underlying conditions died after testing positive for COVID-19.

A total of seven people, all who have had underlying health conditions, have died after testing positive for COVID-19 since the county’s first positive test on March 21.

The county also announced that 5,222 people have been tested for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The vast majority of people — 4,997 — were tested in private labs.

Cameron County reported 11 additional cases Tuesday. There have been a total of 454 cases in Cameron County with 214 people recovering.

Starr County did not report any new cases. There have been a total of 10 cases in Starr County, with the newest positive case being reported Monday.

Willacy County also reported no new cases on Tuesday. A total of 13 people have tested positive in Willacy County.