Eighty-five babies have tested positive to coronavirus during an outbreak in Texas.
Nueces County public health director Annette Rodriguez told the media on Friday the babies “have not even had their first birthdays yet”.
“Please help us to stop the spread of this disease,” Ms Rodriguez said.
“Stay social distanced from others; stay protected. Wear a mask when in public and for everyone else, please do your best to stay home.”
It’s not clear what conditions the babies are currently in.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott is also stressing the widespread use of face coverings could avoid another lockdown, which he hasn’t ruled out.
Texas health officials reported more than 10,000 new cases for a fifth consecutive day on Saturday and said 130 more people have died due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the number of reported cases to 317,730 and the number of deaths to 3,865.
The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks.
But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly-contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal.
The US surpassed 140,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday (local time).
Since late June, the US has seen a resurgence in new cases and now, six weeks later, deaths have also begun rising, according to a weekly Reuters analysis of state and county data.
America is losing about 5,000 people to the virus every week. By contrast, neighbouring Canada has reported total deaths of 8,800 since the pandemic started.
In just one week, the US records about as many deaths as the 5,600 lives Sweden has lost since the pandemic began earlier this year.
In the hardest-hit US counties, officials are running out of places to store bodies as their morgues fill up.
Arizona's Maricopa County, home to the state's largest city of Phoenix, is bringing in 14 coolers to hold up to 280 bodies and more than double morgue capacity ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus fatalities, officials said on Thursday (local time).
In Texas, the city of San Antonio and Bexar County have acquired five refrigerated trailers to store up to 180 bodies.
The appearance of such mobile morgues has fed the sense in some Southern states that the pandemic appears to be spinning out of control.
with Reuters and The Associated Press
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