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Laredo’s Health Authority discusses increase in COVID-19 cases

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 11:34 AM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Laredo’s Health Authority confirms that a woman in her 20s who gave birth died from COVID-19 complications.

Doctor Victor Trevino confirmed it during Wednesday’s media briefing.

According to Dr. Trevino, the woman was unvaccinated and tested positive when she arrived at the hospital to deliver the baby.

The HA says the child is fine at this time and the investigation in this case is ongoing.

What Dr. Trevino also spoke on the resources available for children that need to be hospitalized when they suffer from complications due to the virus-- especially respiratory.

“When a child need to be admitted with a type of pneumonia they require sometimes a pediatric intensive care unit. Which we don’t have here,” he said. “They have to be transferred to other hospitals. With that in mind -- it is very, very concerning. Because children get infected and they do pose situations of pneumonia and lack of oxygen and we don’t have the resources here locally. They do need to be transferred and they need to keep an eye on that because if we have more infections we will have more children that need to be transferred.

Dr. Trevino states the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials are still undergoing for children under 12.

The initial trial results from Pfizer for ages 5 to 11 are expected in September.

The meeting started with Laredo Health Director Richard Chamberlain talking about the Delta Variant case reported on Monday.

At this time 206 active cases have been reported.

These cases are for people between the ages of 20 to 40 years of age.

Chief Guillermo Heard says they are meeting weekly with federal partners.

Both hospitals have 30 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials say more have been delivered but also succumbed to COVID-19.

We’ll have more details on our later newscasts.

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