As of September 4, 51,961 children have tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida. Cases increased after schools opened in some parts of the state.
In July, the number of positive cases in children under 10, and between 10 and 19 years old, grew dramatically.
DeSantis’ administration instructed schools not to close just because a student shows symptoms, without first calling state officials to discuss it.
Hispanic children were approximately eight times as likely as white children to be hospitalized for COVID-19, while Black children were five times as likely to be hospitalized, according to the report.
The results raise serious concerns about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ relentless push for in-person classes in August.
The state’s American Academy of Pediatrics warns the governor that if schools reopen for in-person learning, many children and families will likely become ill with COVID-19.
Gov. DeSantis is pushing to reopen schools in the fall, saying children are at low risk for the novel coronavirus. But the numbers tell a different story.
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