ALABAMA — The state of Alabama is seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases…and not just among adults.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 9,266 cases of COVID-19 among Alabama children and adolescents — and that was just on one day: Thursday.
- 3.1% were 0-4 years old
- 4.3% were between 5 and 11 years old
- 5.3% were between 12 and 17 years old
By comparison, 16,035 cases of COVID-19 were reported in all but four of Alabama’s 143 school systems last week, compared to 2,940 cases a week ago.
The biggest advice for parents from health experts?
- Vaccinate their children if they are eligible
- Make sure they wear properly fitting masks in schools
- Minimize their exposure to COVID-19 in schools and public places
“In the crisis of increased virus transmission with the Omicron variant, immediate action is essential. School-wide masking is at the top of the list of preventive measures to be implemented. Masks can still make a difference in the school setting and keep students in class, if used correctly. “
ADPH District Medical Officer Dr Wes Stubblefield
Among children aged 5 to 11, only 10.5% have started their vaccinations, with 35.5% of those aged 12 to 17 doing the same.
As of Friday, only the two-shot Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is licensed for ages 17 and under.
“The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is extremely contagious and spreads quickly. Pediatric hospitalizations are at an all-time high and we continue to see children with severe complications from COVID-19 infections such as MIS-C. Parents need to take the current COVID-19 outbreak seriously, as it poses a very real threat to the health and well-being of their children. Children depend on their parents to protect them by minimizing their exposure to high-risk environments, to teach them good masking practices and other preventative measures, and to have them vaccinated if they are eligible.
Dr. Katrina Skinner, American Academy of Pediatrics Alabama Chapter President
The ADPH reported 2,091 hospitalizations for COVID-19 on Thursday, including 71 aged 17 and under – three were in intensive care and one on a ventilator.
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