The death comes amid skyrocketing case levels from the fast-spreading omicron variant. Even though deaths among the younger set remain rare, children are testing positive at higher rates than at any other point during the health crisis. She stressed the need for vaccines, boosters and making sure all family members, ages 2 and older, wear masks inside public spaces.
Of more than 10.6 million American children with documented cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, more than half—or 5.6 million cases—were reported after school resumed the first week of September 2021. That’s according to a Jan. 20 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. “The tragic death of a child reaffirms that no age group is immune from the potential impact of COVID-19. Our community must continue to work together to prevent further spread of this disease,” said Mary Chamberlin, public information officer for the local health district.
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