More than 80 children under the age of two, most of them younger than one, screened COVID-19 positively a local public health official reported, as the U.S. set a one-day high in the total of new cases.
The director of public health on the Texas Gulf Coast in Nueces County said 85 children under the age of two, including 52 younger than a year old, had tested positive for the virus.
“These babies have not even had their first birthdays yet,” director Annette Rodriguez said Friday of the infants in the group.
“Please help us to stop the spread of this disease. Stay socially distanced from others; stay protected. Wear a mask when in public and for everyone else please do your best to stay home.”
During a meeting Friday, Rodriguez initially said that an analysis of data on coronavirus found that 85 babies had tested positive.
She explained this on Saturday to state that the number includes children between the ages of 1 and 2 in the tests that began on in March.
The health director added that she believes that it is difficult for families to isolate such young children and that members of the family pass the virus on to each other.
She said fewer than 10 of the children were hospitalised.
Her announcement came as the U.S. set a single-day high of 75,775 newly-reported virus cases, according to estimates from NBC News.
The country’s death toll is now over 140,000.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and NBC News, more than 14 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus, and more than 600,000 have died.