COVID cases among some area high school-age children compared


ST. LOUIS- The head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says the data from area hospitals is staying the same or slightly improving depending on the metrics.

Dr. Alex Garza was also asked about the information St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced today about youth sports and younger children heading back to class first.

Dr. Garza said there have been reports that up until the age of 10 the transmission rate is lower.

He also said overall, children usually handle infection better than older age groups.

Dr. Garza did talk about those ages 15-19. He said that age group is incredibly social and mobile so they are increasing the probability of transmission to others in their age group.

Page also announced that the positivity rate for that age group in St. Louis County is 20%. He announced earlier today that there would be no fall sports games for high school athletes. He announced other guidelines for those 14 and younger.

St. Charles and Jefferson Counties are allowing high-school sports. So how do the COVID positive cases compare to those areas.

St. Louis County – 1,879 cases among ages 15-19 (8.9% of total cases)

St. Charles County- 629 cases among ages 14-19 (9.8% of total cases)

Jefferson County– 227 cases among ages 14-19 (6.89% of total cases)

Dr. Garza did say there was no dramatic differences between the counties. He said with his talks with the different health departments, they are all seeing a similar situation.

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