State public health officials say even as cases of the Delta variant seem to be on the decline over the last seven days, the number of school-aged children with it has increased seven-fold during this latest wave.
State epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek told board members of the Dept. of Public Health that 60 percent of all COVID cases right now are among school-aged children—a trend not seen in the previous three waves.
“That is in all of our surveillance indicators—both cases, hospitalizations and even deaths,” she says.
She says while severe illness from COVID-19 is still uncommon in children, four died in Georgia in August.
Drenzek says Georgia joins other states and countries that are seeing the number of new cases and hospitalizations from the Delta variant on the decline but she doesn’t know if that trend will continue.
“We are beginning to see some declines from a level that is beyond where we’ve ever been before—certainly indicative of the potential for high risks of transmission. So, we still need all of our arsenal of mitigation measures beginning with vaccination as our primary,” she says.
The board met for the first time since June when the fourth wave of the virus took over the state. It plans to meet monthly for the rest of the year.
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