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Updates COVID-19 Kids testing positive at higher rates than adults; gender wage gap impacted by COVID workforce loss

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While cases increased across all age groups in the latest wave of COVID, kids have been testing positive for COVID-19 more often than adults, adjusted for population.

The increase is due to the highly contagious delta variant, relaxed restrictions and ineligibility for children under 12 to get vaccines.

“Definitely over the last eight weeks we’ve seen dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in kids,” said Dr. Donna Tyungu, a pediatric infectious disease physician at OU Health in Oklahoma City. “It started right when we started school.”

In August and September, hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 increased across the U.S. Weekly pediatric admissions reached a peak of more than three kids per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5 and have since declined in most states along with adult COVID-19 admissions.

Children are less likely than adults to experience severe illness from the disease.

– Janie Haseman and Aleszu Bajak, USA TODAY

Also in the news:

► Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva says he will not enforce the county’s vaccine mandate in his agency. He says his employees are willing to be terminated rather than get the vaccine.

 

► Brazil’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 600,000, according to data from its health ministry on Friday. It has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the world, behind the U.S. and India.

► A man who tried to defraud the government out of more than half a million dollars in COVID relief funds and then faked his own suicide to evade prosecution was sentenced to 56 months in prison.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 712,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 237.2 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 186.9 million Americans – 56.3% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

📘 What we’re reading: At least 140,000 U.S. children have lost caregivers to COVID-19. Researchers in a study published Thursday found children of color account for 65% of the children orphaned. Read more.

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A health care worker receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5.
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-The Associated Press
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State health officials cited cruelty or indifference, neglect, and failure to report neglect among several reasons for revoking the licenses. Officials also accused Dean of “a campaign of threats, intimidation and attempts” to derail the investigation.

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