School Openings Contributing to Increased Cases Amongst Those Under 19

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the River City, and cases amongst those aged 0-19 are increasingly becoming a larger percentage of those cases.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 5:27 PM

Covid-19 Cases continue to surge in Vanderburgh County.

And the younger population in the River City is starting to account for a greater percentage of those cases.

The weekend seeing new daily case numbers of above 40 for each day in vanderburgh county.

Health officials said they expected to see that rise after Labor Day

But one area of the population that continues to account for more and more cases is the younger population.

“Preschoolers can’t social distance," said Lynn Herr of the Vanderbugh County Health Department. "They really don’t know how to social distance, and while mask wearing is for anyone over the age of two, it is still difficult when you’re helping those children do their daily tasks.”

The Vanderburgh County Health Department said they’re not surprised to see numbers increasing for younger people due to kids going back to in-person schooling.

In May, the 0-19 age group only accounted for 3 percent of the total covid cases in Vanderburgh County

But after numerous Indiana schools have opened up for in-person learning, that age group now accounts for 14 percent of the covid cases in the River City.

And after hearing this news, one Evansville grandmother is glad they made the decision to teach their grandson virtually

“The unknown," said Diana Grantom. "We don’t know where it’s going to go, and if we can stay out of the fray, and watch, then that’s what we’re going to do. We’re fortunate enough to be allowed to do virtual. We’re doing virtual.”

And a tri-state pediatrician thinks this rise in covid cases in the younger population is more of a concern for the older population that they unintentionally infect.

“Kids are much less likely to have serious medical outcomes from getting coronavirus," said Dr. Sarah Rust, a pediatrician at Deaconess Hospital. "They’re much less likely to be hospitalized, and I think there is a risk anytime that we have children that they’re going to spread it to their family members, which is why it’s so important to avoid coming into contact with those that are at risk.”

Dr. Rust wanted to emphasize to parents the importance of getting their child a flu shot this year amongst the coronavirus pandemic.

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