PITTSBURGH — As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Pittsburgh, doctors at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh are saying students can safely return to the classroom, with proper mitigation efforts.
COVID-19 hospitalizations have slightly increased; however, the number of kids admitted to Children’s is in the single digits, doctors told our news partners at TribLIVE.com.
Dr. Andrew Nowalk said pediatric COVID-19 is typically less severe than adults and most of the cases involved the unvaccinated, according to TribLIVE.com.
Nowalk said a return to the classroom is essential and regardless of students’ vaccination status, masks should be worn.
The numbers are up from July to August with 67 kids under age 4 testing positive.
More than 120 kids between ages 5 and 12 tested positive.
The message from health officials is if your kids are eligible to get the shot, make sure they get it.
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