At least eighty-five infants under age 1 have tested positive for coronavirus in Texas, United States.
“We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for COVID-19,” Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County, told CNN.
“These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease.”
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Peter Zanoni, the Corpus Christi city manager, told CNN that the county has “the fastest growth in new cases on the seven-day average than any other metropolitan county in the state.You can see the trend line is relatively flat until July, and this is where we have had that huge spike in cases, and this is why it’s turned into a major problem for Nueces County.”
Corpus Christi, which is located in Nueces County, has approximately 8,100 cases and 82 deaths, CNN reported, citing local officials.
Local Texas news outlet KWTX reported that, in addition, one infant in the county died of the virus on July 9.
“The patient was male under 6 months of age. Our deepest condolences go out to his parents and family,” the report quoted the district as saying in a press release.
In Texas’ Nueces County, where Corpus Christi is located, the number of new coronavirus cases skyrocketed in July after a flattening trend.
More than 3.6 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 and over 140,000 people have died of the virus in the United States.
Nearly 140,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.