Youngest children now have the highest COVID case rate

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The youngest children, those from the 0 to 11 years of age group, now comprise the highest COVID-19 case rate, the Department of Public Health and Social Services reported in its latest COVID-19 data and surveillance update.

According to Public Health, the 0-11 age group is the only group that has not been on a downward trend in its latest monitoring.

The island community was recently shocked when it was announced that a 4-month-old infant became the youngest victim of COVID-19.

Public Health also recently reported that two children, aged 10 to 11, were hospitalized for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children associated with COVID-19 (MIS-C).

Dr. Nathaniel Berg, the chairman of the governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, said the rise in COVID-positive cases among children could be expected because they still cannot be vaccinated.

“Children under 12, I think we all know that they cannot get vaccinated. And so, therefore, we need to look at them as being vulnerable members of our community. Thank God, we have not seen a surge in children getting admitted to the hospital. Again, I think that’s because we’re testing and isolating. That’s slowed that down. And also, people know to bring their kids in early,” the doctor said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

Berg said there are memes on the internet saying, “Why do I need to get vaccinated to protect my neighbor?”

“And the answer is because your neighbor may not have a choice. And your neighbor may be a child who is suffering from medical conditions and that he or she has no choice but to be out there in the community. We can’t lock up our kids, particularly those who may be vulnerable. They need to be able to socialize and go to school and do other things. But we can’t really put them at risk. And that is something different about this Delta variant, compared to say the original one … kids are more vulnerable,” Berg said.

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