More Kids Are Testing Positive For The Coronavirus In L.A.
In September, an average of about 50 children tested positive for COVID-19 every day in Los Angeles County. Since then, the number has doubled to an average of 100 daily cases.
Older children are more likely to test positive. Twelve to 17-year-olds make up the most cases, followed by children between the ages of 5 and 11.
“These are concerning increases that most likely relate to both an increase of mixing among children at a variety of activities and the higher rate of community transmission,” said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
Although children tend to be less affected by the virus, Ferrer said some become so sick they have to be hospitalized. Children in all age groups have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county.
L.A. County remains in the most restrictive reopening tier due to ongoing widespread transmission. On Monday, the county hit two more grim milestones, with health officials reporting a total of 7,000 recorded deaths and more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.