85 babies test positive for COVID-19 in one Texas county
Jul 22 2020
Since mid-March, 85 infants under age 1 have tested positive for COVID-19 in one Texas county and local officials are beseeching residents to help halt its dissemination.
But Rodriguez stressed Sunday that although the oldest of the cases goes back to mid-March, a lot of them - 60 infants - tested positive from July 1 to July 16.
"This number reflects the cumulative total of positive tests for infants under the age of 1 since the beginning of testing in mid-March, which has resulted in 8,171 positive test results", she wrote, noting that the virus can affect all ages, not just the elderly. "These babies have not even had their first birthday yet". "Please help us to stop the spread of this disease".
Though younger children are less likely to spread COVID-19, they still transmit the disease at about 50% of the rate as adults.
The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers from Texas and LA County suggest mild weakness in the pandemic figures compared to the recent high statistics.
Rodriguez's comments stoked widespread fear of a surge in cases in the county, while raising questions about how dozens of infants could have suddenly contracted the virus.
According to KRIS 6 News in Corpus Christi, Canales said that 85 infants have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic several months ago.
Nine of the other children were also hospitalized but have since been released, Rodriguez said. She revealed that 38% of recent tests came back positive, even though experts say a rate as low as 10% means there is not almost enough testing to measure the full extent of the outbreak.
"Newborns can become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 during childbirth or by exposure to sick caregivers after delivery", the medical center said.
Hospitalization of lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients has hovered around 10,500 for 10 days, however the state has experienced an increase in available hospital beds as well as ICU beds in recent days.
The increasing number of positive tests in younger children in Nueces County is due in part to aggressive testing by the county, especially of family members who live or work in high-risk situations, including senior care centers, jails, group homes and halfway houses, and meatpacking plants, Canales said.
"The general population has COVID-19 and now their infants are getting COVID-19, as well".