85 Babies Under One Year Old Test Positive for Coronavirus in One Texas County

Eighty-five infants younger than age 1 have tested positive for the coronavirus in Nueces County.
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Eighty-five infants who are under the age of 1 have tested positive for the coronavirus in Nueces County, CNN reports.

The county, which includes Corpus Christi, has become emblematic of the recent surge of coronavirus cases in the state. When the pandemic first started ravaging the state, Nueces County stayed relatively healthy while the Amarillo region suffered.

Now, however, the beachfront location has one of the fastest-growing outbreaks in the state, adding well over 2,000 new cases for each of the past two weeks.

“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,” she said. “Please help us stop the spread of this disease.”

Rodriguez did not provide additional information on the children’s conditions.

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SOURCE: Texas Tribune, Alex Samuels