Laredo announces 58 positives, 28th death – Laredo Morning Times


3:19 pm CDT, Saturday, July 4, 2020

The City of Laredo continues to see a surge in novel coronavirus cases as it announced 58 new cases on Saturday, giving the city an overall total of 1,831 during the pandemic. Saturday’s update also saw the 28th death due to the virus in Laredo.

A male resident of Rio Bravo in his late 40s with underlying health conditions was under treatment at Laredo Medical Center when he died Thursday. No further information was immediately available due to Laredo’s policy of net releasing identifying information on COVID patients.

The mayor of Rio Bravo sent out a message to the family of the deceased and all of the community that has been shocked by the death the city also confirmed it has nine positive cases.

“I and the entire Rio Bravo Community offer our most sincere condolences and support to the family during this difficult time,” City of Rio Bravo Mayor Gilbert Agular Jr. said. “This is a tragedy that our whole community will be emotionally affected by.

“Our deepest condolences. We hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your mind and in your heart.”

The city has been hit hard the past week as it has seen 619 new cases within the last seven days. Last Saturday’s total of 227 cases remains by far the record total, coming on the heels of the prior day’s 111. However, Laredo’s top five daily figures have all occurred in the past nine days.

The Gateway City did continue to receive a bit of positive news as it announced 87 hospitalizations, which is down from the 95 it reported Friday. It’s the second straight day the city’s hospitalizations have decreased as there were 100 hospitalized on Thursday. This is just the second time there has been a local dip in hospitalizations since June 17. However, 31 people remain in the ICU.

Overall, the city has had 10,140 tests submitted with 7,328 returning negative. A total of 781 people having been cleared by city health officials and deemed recovered.

There are 1,028 active cases, giving Laredo four times the 250 required to put the city into the highest alert category of “Red” on the city’s color-coded advisory system.

A total of 981 tests are still pending with 444 presumed negative due to being over 30 days old.

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