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City of Laredo and Webb County officials have confirmed on Wednesday three additional deaths and 72 new positives in their daily coronavirus update.
With the added report, the city has now recognized 10,417 positives and 232 deaths since the emergence of the pandemic locally in the Gateway City.
Local health officials have issued an update on the deaths due to COVID-19 in Laredo, sounding the alarm for those who have pre-existing conditions that could complicate matters when battling the virus.
According to interim health director Richard Chamberlain, hypertension, diabetes and obesity are the leading diseases that have impacted the COVID-19 mortality rate locally.
59.05% of patients who died due to the disease were found to have hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. 50.85% were found to have diabetes. Additionally, 17.24% were either obese or super obese.
However, when taking a look at fatalities of those under 40, 41.18% of patients were either obese or super obese. The diabetes rate was even higher at 47.06%
Chamberlain reported that only a “very small” sample of COVID-19 deaths had no pre-existing conditions. Chamberlain stressed that citizens should improve their diet and exercise routines as an extra step in the battle against COVID-19 and all other forms of infectious disease.
158 people remain hospitalized in Laredo, with 64 people still under intensive care.
As of noon Wednesday, 32,494 tests for COVID-19 have been submitted in Laredo. 98 tests are still pending results.
Free COVID-19 testing continues at the Sames Auto Arena and the Webb County Pavilion through August 28.
Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or until the day’s testing capacity is met.
According to city officials, capacity at the Sames Arena clinic is being met daily. However, the clinic at the Pavilion still has testing capacity available for those who would like to get tested. According to Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina, of the 600 tests are available at the clinic at the Pavilion yesterday, only around 250 tests were performed.
Following the clinics scheduled until 28th, testing clinics will continue to be held at the Sames Arena from August 31 to September 4.