Almost 100 more babies test positive for COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas

A 6-week-old infant died after contracting the virus.

A medical staff member takes the blood pressure and heart rate of a baby girl positive for COVID-19 while her mother holds her in her arms at the door of her hotel room turned 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 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 tested positive for COVID-19.

One 6-week-old infant even died after contracting it.

“Since March until now, it’s close to 167. So from the last time I reported, I don’t remember that exact date, but we had 85 infants, 23 months or younger, and since that date that number has almost doubled and that hasn’t been a very long time period,” City-County Health Director Annette Rodriguez told KSAT, an ABC affiliate station in the San Antonio area.

Since the pandemic began to gain speed in March, Nueces County has seen a total of 13,062 COVID-19 cases, according to KSAT.

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Corpus Christi residents under 19-years-old who tested positive for COVID-19 represented an estimated 12% of cases.

Adolescents are not the only ones suffering and dying from the outbreak. On Wednesday, Flour Bluff school superintendent David Freeman, 46, died from COVID-19, according to the Caller Times.

The superintendent’s sister took to social media to announce Freeman’s passing. Freeman was in the intensive care unit when he died.

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“We are heartbroken and grief stricken over the sudden loss of our fearless leader,” a post on the Flour Bluff Independent School District’s Facebook page reads.

“Dr. Freeman had been battling health issues over the past few months.” Freeman leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son.

As of reporting, there were nearly 460,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas, and of those cases, more than 136,000 are estimated to be active.

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