RN Katie Hennick delivers a COVID-19 vaccine to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
Mark Ylen Mid-Valley Media
According to the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon is in the middle of a third wave of COVID-19 cases in children.
The news came Thursday as part of the agency’s daily virus report, which also reported a COVID-related death in Benton County.
Pediatric cases, defined as cases of COVID-19 in subjects less than 18 years of age, represent 11.9% of the 193,014 cases of the disease reported on May 12.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the pandemic has exposed undeniable effects of racism, leading to health inequalities that have hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. He made those comments during a graduation ceremony for Emory University. Fauci told students not to forget the effects. “Let’s promise ourselves that our business memory of this tragic reality of an infectious disease being hospitalized unequally and killing people of color will not fade after we return to some form of normalcy,” he said. to commend the graduates for coping with and adapting during the pandemic. He also received the President’s Medal of Emory University.
“Oregon witnessed two spikes in pediatric COVID-19 cases in 2020 and is currently experiencing a third in 2021. As with adults, pediatric cases started to increase again in early April,” the OHA report said.
In addition, there have been 35 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. The syndrome has been linked to COVID-19.
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OHA noted that while pediatric cases are on the rise, children are less likely to develop severe cases of COVID-19. To date, 1% of pediatric cases have been hospitalized, compared to 6.1% of adult cases.
Also included in Thursday’s report was the death of a Benton County woman who was diagnosed with the virus on May 4. She was 88 years old and died Saturday at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.