In-person learning impacting rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases

Positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise among children in the Rio Grande Valley, and a top health authority says personal learning is contributing to the rise in infections.

Hidalgo County Health Authority Dr. Ivan Melendez says two Valley children died after testing positive for the coronavirus in the past two weeks.

Melendez says the only way to protect children who can’t get the shot is to make sure everyone who qualify is vaccinated against the coronavirus.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, only three staffed beds for pediatric intensive care units are available in the Valley.

Melendez says requiring children to physically attend school is contributing to the increase in pediatric cases.

“This year, in the three weeks we’ve been open, we’ve had more than 1,000 children who have tested positive in schools,” Melendez said. “Of all the thousands of people who have died in Hidalgo County, 0.63 have been fully vaccinated.”

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