Twenty new cases of the virus that causes AIDS have been diagnosed in Harford County this year, a county official reported to the Harford County Council this week.
Thomas M. Thomas, the county's health officer, said 20 Harford residents tested HIV-positive out of some 678 people who were tested this year for the human immunodeficiency virus.
That brings to 148 the number of people who tested HIV-positive in Harford since 1981, Mr. Thomas said, and 84 of those people have died.
Eighty percent of the people who tested HIV-positive are men.
Forty-five percent of the cases have been people between 30 and 39 years old, he said.
Statewide, 11,900 people have tested positive since 1981, and 441,000 cases were reported nationwide for the same time period, he said.
In other action at Tuesday's meeting, the council:
* appointed Tfc. Daniel J. Galbreath to the county's Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council.
* declined to rename council President Joanne S. Parrott as the council's representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO).
Councilwoman Veronica Chenowith made a motion to reappoint Mrs. Parrott as the MACO representative, but none of her colleagues would second the motion, so it never came to a vote.