The Department of State Health Services reported on Saturday the state’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by more than 1,200, surpassing 61,000; additionally, 25 deaths were reported due to COVID-19 complications.
There’s at least 61,006 reported cases and 1,626 COVID-19 related deaths. This is an increase from the 59,776 positive cases and 1,601 related deaths reported on Friday.
The likelihood of these numbers are higher due to the fact many people have not been tested, to which studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Additionally, the health department reported 19,312 active cases in addition to the 4,006 cases to recover.
Down in the Rio Grande Valley, Hidalgo County did not report any new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. For the last two weeks, county officials have been releasing over-the-weekend updates on Sundays.
Over in Cameron County, 10 more people tested positive for COVID-19 there, county Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. announced in a news release Saturday.
The individuals come from Bronwnsville, with the exception of two who live in Harlingen. Their ages range from a 15-year-old girl to a 65-year-old man.
All the cases are linked to a previous case, with the exception of four: three transmitted through community spread and one being travel related.
The total number of cases for Cameron County is now 764; seven individuals were reported to have recovered, bringing the number of recovery to 559.
Additionally, about 15 minutes after announcing two new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, Starr County reported the Department of State Health Services downgraded what would be their 34th and 35th cases to “probables.”
Those new probable cases are of a 35-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, according to Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county’s health authority.
Both are family members of an individual from Rio Grande City who previously tested positive for the disease.