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8 p.m. – Five new cases reported in Hidalgo County
There are now 472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County after five more individuals tested positive, officials shared on Thursday. The new reports include:
- A female in her 60s from Edinburg
- A female in her 40s from McAllen
- A female in her 20s from Pharr
- A female in her 60s from McAllen
- A female in her 50s from Alton
Hidalgo County has tested over 8,000 residents for COVID-19, resulting in 6,914 negative cases. About 600 tests are still pending as testing sites increase in availability this week.
There are 187 active cases and 275 recoveries as of Thursday, according to county data. There are currently a dozen patients in area hospitals receiving treatment, including three in intensive care.
7:30 p.m. – Cameron County confirms seven new cases of COVID-19, 20 released from isolation
Cameron County Public Health released a statement on Thursday confirming seven additional cases of COVID-19 and 20 new recoveries from previously reported cases.
The new positive cases included residents of Brownsville, Harlingen, Los Fresnos and La Feria. The youngest is a case of community transmission in a 17-year-old male from Harlingen. The oldest case of the group is 71-year-old female from Brownsville linked to a previous case.
According to county data, 438 individuals released from isolation out of the 671 reported cases in Cameron County.
4 p.m. – Free Wi-Fi in UT Rio Grande Valley campuses
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Thursday that campuses will have wi-fi connectivity available for students and staff throughout the summer semester.
The university, which has decided to continue with classes online, is encouraging students to practice social distancing and use the wi-fi from campus parking lots if a reliable signal is not available at home. This includes select parking lots on their Brownsville and Edinburg locations.
12 p.m. – 1,167 confirmed cases, 43 deaths connected to COVID-19 in the Valley
As of Thursday morning, the four Valley-area counties have reported the following counts:
- 467 cases, 10 deaths in Hidalgo County
- 664 cases, 32 deaths in Cameron County
- 14 cases, 1 death in Willacy County
- 22 cases in Starr County
Statewide COVID-19 Resources
- 2-1-1 (option 6)
- 956-247-3650 (24/7)
- 956-292-7765 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Willacy and Starr Counties