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COVID-19 spike seen in children

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the Three Rivers Health District over the past week, with “much higher spikes in case rates among children ages 0-18 than occurred earlier in the pandemic,” said district director Dr. Richard Williams in his weekly COVID update. He added that this reflects “the enhanced ability of the Delta variant to infect children.”

Williams said further that there has been a dramatic increase in outbreaks in schools, especially related to sports teams, along with an increase in outbreaks in long-term care facilities, businesses, churches, sports and recreational clubs, and other settings.

Because the Three Rivers Health District is in high transmission of COVID-19, Williams recommended that everyone, including those who are vaccinated, protect themselves by wearing a mask in public indoor settings.

Overall, the Three Rivers Health District reported 582 new COVID-19 cases throughout the 10-county area during the past week, for a total of 13...

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