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The Colorado school outbreak affected 3,000 children, more than 400 staff.

According to the state Department of Health, about 3,000 children in Colorado have received Covid 19 in school.

That’s a small percentage of the more than 883,000 students in the state’s K-12 schools, but three times more than the number of school-affected children at the previous high point in December. People under the age of 20 now suffer from about a quarter of the new COVID-19 infections in the state.

With 199 entries in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, school outbreaks rose for the eighth week in a row. The epidemic has affected 456 staff members and 2,997 students – an increase of more than 1,000 cases in children. Three weeks ago. One man, a staff member at Craig’s Sandrock Elementary School, has died of the virus.

Statistics may be low because schools, like other settings, only have to report spreads if they have five or more cases that share a link, such as normal class or non-class. Extracurricular activity

At the height of the school outbreak in December, 212 schools reported clusters, affecting 387 staff members and 863 students. Fewer schools at the time were offering private classes, and children 10 and older were required to wear masks, which may explain the difference. As schools moved online, new cases began to disappear, sometimes due to a lack of replacements for staff who had to be quarantined.

The prevalence in childcare centers has increased in recent weeks, although they are relatively small. Throughout September, between 15 and 18 facilities reported an outbreak in any week, but 28 did so on Wednesday.

Severe COVID-19 in children has been rare, with eight children between the ages of 12 and 17 currently hospitalized, and 11 children who are too young to be vaccinated. Dr. Sean O’Leary, an infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, told a news conference Wednesday.

About 500 children across the country have died from COVID-19, making it one of the top 10 causes of infant mortality in 2020, O’Leary said.

“It’s wrong to say it’s a decent disease in children,” he said.

O’Leary said Colorado Children’s Hospital is not overcrowded, as some states have intensive care units, but it is almost full due to a combination of COVID-19 and other viruses. In general, he said, the respiratory syncytial virus – which causes cold symptoms in adults but can be severe in young children – peaks in the winter, but he has seen a large number of patients since June.

“I wouldn’t say we’re seeing a reduction,” he said.

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