June 13, 2020

Florida reports 3,400 kids with coronavirus; 10 stricken with severe illness

[South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

With summer camps opening around the state, health officials just shared a report detailing new coronavirus infections among children.

These statistics show 37,211 children have been swabbed, and 9.2% of them, or 3,407, tested positive.

There have been 73,552 confirmed COVID-19 cases among all ages in Florida, ranging from 218 babies to a 108-year-old Miami-Dade County woman, according to the state.

The report released Friday also says 103 children have been treated in hospitals and none have died from COVID-19 illness.

There have been 10 cases of a rare condition called “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.” Four of these cases associated with the new coronavirus were in Miami-Dade County, one was in Broward and one was in Palm Beach County.

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where a boy was was treated in New York, May 11, 2020. The teen was hospitalized for heart failure from a severe inflammatory syndrome linked to the coronavirus. His case may help doctors understand the new affliction in children. (Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times)

Miami-Dade has had the highest number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 (621); that means 12% of the 5,175 children tested were positive.

Next is Palm Beach County, with 507 pediatric cases. The data show 16.6% of children were diagnosed from the 3,049 who were tested.

Broward has the third-highest total of childhood cases, with 309. The county had 3,221 kids get tested and 9.6% were positive.


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