City reports increase in pediatric COVID cases

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) – According to local health officials, there is an increase in the number of positive COVID cases every month, with an increase in the percentage of children.

On Tuesday, pediatric cardiologist Dr. Claire Cigarroa has a total of 3,300 cases of COVID in the month of August alone.

Of these, nearly a thousand pediatric cases were classified as 17 years of age and younger.

While Dr. Cigarroa reported that a total of 60 COVID patients needed ICU care at Laredo Medical Center, she said 7 pediatric cases also needed a higher level of care, so they were transferred to Corpus Christi or San Antonio.

dr. Cigarroa also noted that the increase in pediatric cases began in early August before school starts and the majority of those cases were children of all ages with underlying medical conditions, as well as healthy teens that Cigarroa says is uncommon in typical respiratory viruses. .

She says this is due to the aggressive nature of the Delta variant.

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