October 3, 2022
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Laredo Health Department warns of COVID-19 case increase

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The City of Laredo reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in Webb County, which prompted the risk level ranking to increase from low to medium based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The news comes after the city referenced the Texas Department of State Health Services for the increase in positive cases since June 1. As the localized dashboard was removed and replaced with the DSHS monitoring tool, 2022’s probable cases reached 4,557 in Webb County.

As such, the city health department is encouraging residents to follow the precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and for those high risk for severe illness to speak to a health care provider about the measures they should take.


“The Laredo Health Department continues to stress the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and/or a booster shot,” the city stated. “The Food and Drug Administration most recently announced that it will have a meeting on Wednesday, June 15 to discuss the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the 6 months to 4/5-year-old population

“Surveillance testing and wearing face masks are also highly encouraged during this stage, especially if someone experiences symptoms, has traveled or been in large crowds or plans to gather with family or friends who may be at high-risk of severe illness.”

The increase in cases comes at a time where the city approved the usage of bridge funds to hire the Healthcare Management Associates consulting agency to find solutions regarding Laredo’s health care needs, finding funding mechanisms to support needed expenses and addressing how to solve the staffing shortage. According to the firm’s representative, Stephen Palmer, services would take approximately six months and cost around $225,000. 

It will have to be seen how the increase in COVID-19 cases would be measured and analyzed into the firm’s course of actions and solutions. As of June, masks are now used in public places less frequently and it residents of Webb will heed the announcement after almost three years of guidance amid the pandemic.

Regardless, COVID-19 vaccines and testing services are offered at the City of Laredo Health Department (at no cost) along with other clinics and pharmacies (which may have cost) across the city. The clinic at the Laredo Health Department (vaccine and testing operation) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 2600 Cedar Ave. 



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