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Laredo announces 58 positives, 28th death


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

A man living in Rio Bravo in the late 40s with underlying health conditions was undergoing treatment at Laredo Medical Center when he died Thursday. No further information was immediately available due to Laredo’s policy of releasing identifying information about COVID patients.

The mayor of Rio Bravo sent a message to the deceased’s family and the entire community that has been shocked by the death of the city also confirmed that 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,” said Rio Bravo Mayor Gilbert Agular Jr. “This is a tragedy that will affect our entire society emotionally.

“We regret the grief. We hope you will find comfort and support in the people who surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your mind and in your heart.”

The city has been hit hard this past week as it has seen 619 new cases over the past seven days. Last Saturday’s total 227 cases remain by far the record size, which comes on the heels of the previous day’s 111. But Laredo’s top five daily numbers have all occurred over the past nine days.

Gateway City continued to receive some positive news when it announced 87 hospital admissions, down from 95 as reported on Friday. It is the second day that the city’s hospital admissions have decreased as there were 100 in hospitals on Thursday. This is only the second time there has been a local dip in hospital facilities since June 17. However, 31 people remain in the ICU.

In total, the city has had 10,140 tests submitted with 7,328 recurring negatives. A total of 781 people who have been cleared by the city’s health representative and are considered recovered.

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

A total of 981 tests are still waiting with 444 accepted negatives because they were over 30 days old.

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