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State Officials Grow Concerned About COVID-19 Spread in Children

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

As schools reopen nationwide, officials are growing increasingly concerned about the spread of the delta variant to children.

Dr. Larry Kociolek is a pediatric physician and Director of the Infection Prevention and Control program at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. He says over the past two months, the hospital has seen a 500% increase in the number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 each day.

"If we see further surges of COVID-19, that has the very real risk of stressing our healthcare resources that will just simply not allow us to provide prompt care to all children who need life-saving care for illness or injuries."

The number of COVID-19 cases in children nationwide has jumped from 40,000 cases a week in July to 180,000 last week. That's a fourfold increase in just a month.

Also Thursday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide indoor mask mandate, as well as a vaccine mandate for school personnel and medical workers.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.