COVID-19 cases in Colorado children are declining, but public health officials warn they could rise after holiday gatherings

The number of coronavirus cases in children fell slightly last week, but Colorado public health officials warned on Wednesday that the state could still see infections increase in the coming weeks as families gather for the holidays.

Just over 4,720 children and teens tested positive for COVID-19 in the week between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, a 6.6% drop from 5,061 cases in the previous week, according to the latest data from the health department of the United States. stands. Coloradans 5 years to 11 accounted for 2,461 of those cases.

It’s too early to know if the drop reflects an overall downward trend as the number of cases among children and teens remains high – infections rose 40% from about a month ago, when the state recorded 3,361 cases among those under the 18 years.

Young Coloradans have had more infections during the current wave of the virus in the state, with transmission being highest in children ages 5 to 11.

“Now is not the time to assume things are getting better,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, during a news conference. “We must be vigilant.”

The total number of hospital admissions remains high. As of Wednesday, the state has only 645 beds available and 1,576 Coloradans were hospitalized Tuesday with COVID-19, said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 Incident Commander.

Children are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, but the risk is still there. They can also develop long COVID or a rare but serious condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, or MIS-C, after an infection.

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