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Positive COVID-19 cases increasing among children

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Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 2:42 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that over 250,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of Aug. 26 through Sept. 2.

Children under the age of 12 are not eligible to get a vaccine, however, health officials say taking special precautions should help protect them from COVID.

“Children are in large the unvaccinated population, and so they’re not as protected as some of the adults who opted to get vaccinated. In addition, school started and extracurricular activities have started. All these things that bring kids together, and so it allows for more spread of COVID. Then in the summer, when everybody was staying home and not intermixing as much,” said Dr. Bridgett Foreman with internal medicine and pediatrics at Christus Health and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Caddo Schools say if a student has COVID-19 they have to quarantine.

“If a student is to test positive for COVID-19, that student is quarantined for a specific time period. We do all of the contact tracing to determine the people that were in direct contact with the student,” said Superintendent Lamar Goree.

Bossier Schools requires students who test positive for the virus have a 10-day isolation period.

If students are not old enough to get vaccinated, experts say wearing a mask is an important precaution.

“We as pediatricians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, also say that all children over the age of two wear a mask just to prevent some of that transmission,” said Dr. Shaheena Anene with LSU Health.

Both Bossier and Caddo Schools say they are following public health guidelines to keep students safe during the pandemic.

“We’re constantly mitigating, washing our hands, and we’re cleansing with the custodial staff every two hours,” said Jason Rowland, superintendent of Bossier Schools.

“We are all in masks. If you walk through our school system, all adults and all children are in masks,” Goree said.

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