85 Babies Under The Age Of 1 Test Positive For COVID-19 In A Texas County
Aug 4th, 2020
The surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country is scary. And recently, Nueces County in Texas reported that they too are increasing an increase in positive cases. But what’s more alarming is that 85 babies under one-year-old have tested positive with the virus.
The Director of Public Health for Corpus Christi spoke at a COVID-19 press briefing last week. Annette Rodriguez did not elaborate on the conditions of the babies. She said These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us to stop the spread of this disease.”
Harris County leads the state with over 54,000 cases, with Dallas County next with over 40,000 cases. But Texas quickly became a major COVID-19 hotspot. Some hospitals in the state are operating at full capacity as the virus shows no signs of slowing down.
To date, there are over 8,400 coronavirus cases and 90 casualties in Nueces County alone. The Texas Health Department added on their dashboard that was last updated on Saturday afternoon, that Nueces County has reported just under 8,200 cases.
And because of the rise in cases, people are worried. Corpus Christi manager, Peter Zanoni, said during the press briefing that the country has the fastest growth in new cases at the moment, the seven-day average than any other metropolitan county in the state. Zanoni is aware that this is a problem. He also noted that the seven-day average for the rest of the country was around 357 cases per day.
Zanoni also explained that back in April, the county was reporting zero cases, maybe three or five but things changed in July. He said, “[T]his is where we have had that huge spike in cases, and this is why it’s turned into a major problem for Nueces County. ” And only 2% of the population infected which means 1 in every 50 people have COVID-19.
And that also means that the county has more cases per capita compared to Dallas or Harris counties.
The Texas Tribune explains that the tourist activity in the region might have something to do with the rise in cases in Nueces County. According to local officials, visitors and tourists flock the popular beachfront locations and they might be the main drivers of the initial outbreak. Their reports also found that the small gatherings of families and friends as well as the summer visitors to tourist destinations are also spreading the virus.
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales talked about the activities during May and June. She said, “I’m born and raised here, and I’ve never seen so many people coming here.” Canales has already restricted vehicles access to the beaches. Also, she is asking visitors to, “Let us heal and stabilize, we are at a critical breaking point.”
Newborns being infected by COVID-19 is not only a problem raised in Texas. Though it is not uncommon but is happening all over the world. According to current research on the coronavirus, it suggests that adults, particularly those who are older or with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk from suffering the worst effects of COVID-19 compared to younger individuals.
But what’s happening in Nueces County that even babies are not exempted in this pandemic. So parents should be extra cautious especially if they have young children at home.