(CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Eighty-five infants under age 1 have tested positive for coronavirus in one Texas county. And local officials are imploring residents to help stop its spread as the state becomes one of the newest hotspots.
Since January, health authorities have identified more than 3.6 million COVID-19 cases throughout the United States. Nearly 140,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In Texas’ Nueces County, where Corpus Christi is located, the number of new coronavirus cases skyrocketed in July after a flattening trend. The virus has infected dozens of babies and local officials are urging people to wear masks and practice social distancing.
“We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for COVID-19,” said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County.
“These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease.”
She did not provide additional details on their conditions.
Nueces County has the fastest growth in new cases on the seven-day average than any other metropolitan county in the state,” said Peter Zanoni, the Corpus Christi city manager.
“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,” he said.