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COVID-19 threat level decreases to “level 2″

Officials are currently reporting 124 active cases of COVID-19; the last time we have been under a 150 active cases was April 11, 2020.
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 7:47 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - We’ve seen things improve from last week’s big freeze, and the city wants to reassure us that the number of COVID numbers are down.

We’re all frantically looking for warmth, but most of us need a little reassurance that the pandemic is starting to begin a new pattern and improve.

Sadly, that doesn’t really appear to be the case even though reports suggest numbers are down.

“Our local numbers are on a downward slope. It’s coming down quickly, giving us a time to take a breath, but we don’t want people to think that just because of the slope that things are in sharp decline and we are not out of the woods.”

According to the Laredo health director Richard Chamberlain, they are 124 active cases of COVID-19 bringing the threat level from a level 3 to a level 2, or an orange to a yellow.

The last time we have been under 150 active cases was April 11, 2020.

The city claims it has also reduced the number of hospitalization rates as well.

But to be clear, because of the weather conditions, many labs haven’t produced any results.

“It’s also important to note that they we’re a lot of laboratories that we’re closed, especially last week. Curative Lab testing, that we’re not able to perform testing in our community. So this could have also impacted the number of tests that were being conducted on a weekly basis, which could be bring our numbers down.”

Apparently, there are multiple concerns about the data.

The White House announced last week a sweeping immigration reform that would grant a path to citizenship to more than 11 million immigrants living in the United States, and local officials are worried despite consultations with federal officials.

“The possibility of the caravan forming, we do have to worry.,” said Chief Guillermo Heard. “We do have have weekly meetings with them, we still have an AAIS site here is that is a good source, as the hospitals are demobilizing. I do know the hospitals will start demobilizing their medical teams that we have here the next several days.”

The fight against the virus has technically been frozen for the better part of last week, but now that the winter storms delaying medicine deliveries and vaccinations is passing, it’s time to continue the fight.

“We are very much on vigilance right now to continue monitoring the situation and we will record any upticks to our community partners in the coming days.”

An adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team says all vaccine doses delayed by last week’s winter weather will be delivered by mid-week.

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