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CDC: COVID-19 cases 'steadily increasing' in children

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 02:17:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number and rate of coronavirus cases in the United States have been “steadily increasing” from March to July of 2020.

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“Seeing the numbers rising is of concern,” says Dr. David Di John, associate professor of pediatrics at UNLV’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Di John says kids have shown that they can have severe reactions to this disease.

“There are a number of kids who have had to go into the ICU and be on a ventilator, so kids can get quite sick from this,” says Dr. Di John.

CDC data says that as of Aug. 3, 7.3% of all cases of COVID-19 in the United States reported were among children.

The CDC says social distancing, lockdowns and school closures may have reduced transmission rates among children.

“What we’ve seen as summer has come is kids getting out and doing some of their activities that put them in contact with others,” says Dr. Di John.

The data comes before the fall school year, as public school districts and universities are navigating either in-person or virtual learning.

In Southern Nevada, Clark County School Board Trustees voted unanimously for a full-time distance learning model to begin the new school year, which is set to start on Aug. 24.

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