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COVID-19 cases: Children and teens

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In the past 2 weeks, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) has noted an increase in positive COVID-19 tests. Some of these positive tests have been in children and teenagers. While the risk for severe COVID-19 in children remains low, being sick can cause lost school time and lost work time for parents and guardians. Children can spread COVID-19 to vulnerable people, including older adults and people with chronic diseases.

“So far, COVID-19 cases in school-age children have not resulted in the virus spreading through the schools,” says LCPH Health Commissioner Dave Covell, RS, MPH. “Schools, teachers and coaches are doing a great job keeping as many barriers as possible between students and the virus. Before and after school, however, some young people are letting their guard down.”

Some recent COVID-19 cases in Lorain County have spread during sleepovers, through unmasked carpools, and while sharing water bottles in social situations. When children do spend time with others, remind them to keep as many barriers as possible between themselves and COVID-19. For example, if children must carpool, wear masks during the entire drive and use hand sanitizer before and after to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Key barriers to help slow the spread include: washing hands, staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask when around others.

“It’s critical that parents talk to their children and - together - come up with ways on how to stay socially responsible,” says Covell. “Teenagers want to keep their friends, teammates and coworkers safe. They don’t want to miss out on sports and other favorite activities. Continuing safety measures will become even more important as we begin the winter months.”

Anyone in close contact with a positive case needs to stay home (quarantine) for 14 days. That way, if a close contact gets sick, they won’t spread the virus to anyone else. “Close contacts” always include people that a case lives with. For example, if a college student who tested positive for COVID-19 returns to the family home to recover, all persons staying in that home will quarantine for 14 days.

For local COVID-19 data, including school-related data, visit LorainCountyHealth.com/data.