18 and under age group seeing spikes in COVID cases

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – Children and teenagers now make up the majority of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky so far this month.

Through Wednesday, nearly 3,000 of all April cases were in people 19 and under.

Our Shelby Lofton talked to a pediatrician at a Lexington doctor’s office to see if she’s seen a rise in cases with her patients, and if she’s concerned heading into summer.

“We didn’t have many cases last week, we’re not having many cases, but there are a couple more,” Dr. Katrina Hood said.

Dr. Hood said her office has been testing quite a few more adolescent patients.

“As the kids have been back to school, we have made many more visits coming into our office for normal sick things,” Dr. Hood said.

She’s treating kids for croup and stomach bugs, but expects an uptick in COVID-19 cases heading into summer.

“If everybody’s getting vaccinated, or hopefully, a lot of the adults are vaccinated, then we’ll see that spread not happen,” Dr. Hood said.

She said, based on her conversations with her patients, kids are getting infected when they’re in close contact with their peers, like when playing sports and eating lunch.

Dr. Hood said she’s following studies on vaccines in children and said a lot of her patients wish they were old enough to get their shot, and many parents she sees are on board, too.

Dr. Hood said she thinks this is likely a virus that can infect people year-round.

“It didn’t go away last summer, it’s not going to go away this summer,” Dr. Hood said.

Dr. Hood said she thinks it will be a while until children under the age of 12 will be able to get vaccinated.

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