Mass COVID-19 testing in Oakland finds serious infections in children

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A recent mass COVID-19 testing event in Oakland found that children are not only testing positive for the virus, but some are also getting seriously ill.

Earlier this summer, 12-year-old Emily Machado came down with COVID-19, after contracting the virus from her in-laws. She was in the hospital for a week.

“Sometimes I couldn’t wake up, or I could but I didn’t have energy to brush my teeth or brush out my hair,” she told KCBS Radio. “I was really sick.”

To make matters worse, Emily actually tested positive twice.

“She ended up back in the hospital again after COVID,” said Maya, Emily’s mother. “I thought she was negative, and then she came back positive.”

Maya added that her daughter may need additional surgery.

While most children that get the coronavirus do not get seriously ill, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said they are far from immune.

“You’ve heard schools can open, and I know, as a grandparent, that we want schools to be able to open,” she noted. “But, the statistics also show that young people can get this disease.”

Of the 56 kids tested at a recent mass testing event in the Fruitvale District, 10 came back positive for the virus.