COVID-19 Child Cases Have Increased by 21% Since Early August

By RADIO.COM

Shocking new data reveals that more than 70,000 new COVID-19 cases in children have been reported across the U.S. since early August.

According to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association, then number of positive cases in children increased by 21% between August 6 and August 20, reported CNN.

The report noted that more than 440,000 children have been infected with COVID-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic.

Although case numbers in kids continue to increase, severe illness from the virus is not common.

Of those hospitalized, only one in three children have been admitted to the intensive care unit.

As new data is being released, cases have been rising in schools as students slowly return.

Earlier this month, a high school in Georgia was closed and forced over 1,100 students and teachers to quarantine due to coronavirus.

At the time, the Cherokee County School District did not require face masks when schools resumed classes.

"This decision was not made lightly," said Superintendent Brian Hightower in a statement regarding the suspension of in-person learning at Etowah High School.

According to a district list, 1,156 students and 37 staff members had to quarantine.

The superintendent said that the high school had 14 confirmed coronavirus cases, 15 tests pending as of August 11.

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