A medical staff measures the blood pressure and heart rate of a girl positive for COVID-19 while her mother holds her in her arms at the door of her hotel room, which was converted into a hospital for people who do not need hospitalization during the week in Venezuela. (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez Viloria / Getty Images)
In Corpus Christi, a coastal city in south Texas, nearly 100 babies have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past few weeks.
In mid-July, Nueces County, where Corpus Christi is located, announced that nearly 85 newborns had tested positive for COVID-19.
A 6 week old child even died after becoming infected.
Corpus Christi, TX: 187 INFANTS tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately one has died.
Georgia: 260 students in quarantine for positive tests / contacts 1st week of school.
Florida: 38.00+ positive for children <17 years of age. At this point, 440+ are in the hospital, 9 have died. 😞
– Addie (@ kdmd907) August 8, 2020
“From March to now it’s almost 167. I don’t remember that exact date since I last reported, but we had 85 babies, 23 months or younger, and since that date that number has almost doubled and.” It wasn’t a very long time, ”said the City County’s health director Annette Rodriguez said KSAT, an ABC branch in the San Antonio area.
Since the pandemic picked up pace in March, Nueces County’s KSAT has recorded a total of 13,062 COVID-19 cases.
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Corpus Christi residents under the age of 19 who tested positive for COVID-19 accounted for an estimated 12% of the cases.
Teenagers aren’t the only ones suffering and dying from the outbreak. Flour Bluff School principal David Freeman, 46, died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to Caller Times.
Teachers, students and the community mourn the loss of Dr. David Freeman, the superintendent of Flour Bluff ISD in the Corpus Christi region. https://t.co/qCsX2BDTR4
– CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) August 5, 2020
The superintendent’s sister used social media to announce Freeman’s death. Freeman was in intensive care when he died.
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“We are broken and saddened by the sudden loss of our fearless leader,” read a post on the Flour Bluff Independent School District’s Facebook page.
“DR. Freeman has struggled with health problems for the past few months.” Freeman leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son.
At the time of reporting, there have been nearly 460,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, and of those cases, it is estimated that more than 136,000 are active.
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