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States sound alarm over Covid-19 outbreaks among school kids

The US is not alone. Covid-19 infections among kids and adolescents within the Americas — together with the US and Canada — have reached over 1.9 million, Dr. Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, stated on Wednesday.

There have been greater than 1.5 million Covid-19 instances among kids and adolescents reported within the Americas all of final yr.

In the US, some state officers are sounding the alarm:

About 60% of outbreaks in Georgia are in faculties

In the final 60 days, about 60% of all Covid-19 in Georgia occurred in Ok-12 faculties — a couple of sevenfold improve, state epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek stated throughout a Department of Public Health board assembly Tuesday.

“The most significant epidemiologic trend that we have seen, that was much different than previous waves of this pandemic, is the tremendous impact that we have seen on school-aged children,” she stated.

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That impression crosses all surveillance indicators, together with new instances, hospitalizations and deaths, in accordance with Drenzek.

Georgia is at present averaging almost 7,000 new instances every day — roughly a tenfold improve from July, in accordance with information from Johns Hopkins University.

Georgia ranks close to the underside within the US in vaccination charges, with 43% absolutely vaccinated, in accordance with the CDC.

Ohio governor’s enchantment to school districts

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association this week urged school superintendents to require masks for employees and college students.

“If we want our schools to stay open, the best way to do that is for those 12 and over to get vaccinated,” he stated throughout a digital assembly with superintendents. “But because those under 12 are still too young to be vaccinated, we need students who come into school to wear a mask until we get through this.”

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Just over 54% of the state’s public school college students are underneath a masks requirement.

“Reasonable people may disagree about a lot, but we can all agree that we must keep our children in the classroom so they don’t fall behind and so their parents can go to work and not take time off to watch their kids at home,” DeWine stated.

Since August 15, there have been 29,823 kids — ages 5 to 17 — with confirmed or possible instances of Covid-19 within the state, in accordance with an announcement from the governor’s workplace.

In the previous week, Ohio noticed a 44% improve in instances among school-aged kids, in comparison with a 17% soar in the remainder of the inhabitants.

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The assertion stated school districts the place masks are non-compulsory have seen a 54% week-over-week improve in instances, in comparison with a 34% spike in districts with masks necessities.

“This is a perfect storm, and it’s impacting kids like it hasn’t before,” Nick Lashutka, president and CEO of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association stated within the assertion.

10 instances as many instances in Pennsylvania school kids this yr

Pennsylvania has 10 instances as many Covid-19 instances in school-aged kids because it did at the moment final yr — when the state was doing distant studying, in accordance with Alison Beam, the appearing well being secretary.

Between September 4 and September 10 final yr, there have been 574 Covid-19 instances in kids aged 5 to 18 in Pennsylvania, in accordance with the Department of Health.

During the identical time interval in 2021, there have been 5,371 instances in the identical age group.

Status of a vaccine for youngsters

Vaccines for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 11 might get the inexperienced mild from the US Food and Drug Administration someday this fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated Tuesday.

“If you look at the studies that we at the (National Institutes of Health) are doing in collaboration with the pharmaceutical companies, there will be enough data to apply for an emergency use authorization both by Pfizer, a little bit later by Moderna,” Fauci informed CNN.

“I believe both of them — with Pfizer first — will very likely be able to have a situation where we’ll be able to vaccinate children,” he added. “If the FDA judges the data sufficient enough, we could do it by the fall.”

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School re-openings with out correct masking have probably contributed to the rise in instances among kids, in accordance with Fauci.

“When you get a highly transmissible virus that’s going around the community, you’re going to see a lot more children get infected,” he stated.

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But masks mandates in faculties stay controversial.

In New York, two Long Island public school districts are suing the governor and state well being commissioner over a statewide school masks mandate imposed forward of the school yr.

On Wednesday, information from Johns Hopkins University confirmed that 1 in 500 Americans has died from the coronavirus because the nation’s first reported an infection.

CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, Holly Yan, Christina Maxouris and Jen Christensen contributed to this report.

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