COVID infected more Ohio children in December since pandemic started

Lena Weib

More Ohio children were diagnosed with COVID-19 in December than any in month since the start of the pandemic, and experts fear even more kids could be infected as they returned to schools this week following holiday gatherings.

A record 50,866 Ohio children tested positive for the virus in December, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The last week of 2021 also saw the highest number of weekly childhood infections with 15,095 reported, state data shows.

The latest surge in cases, which has occurred among both children and adults, threatens to upend winter activities and has already forced some area schools to temporarily close or switch to remote learning.

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“Now we’re entering the third year of these events being interrupted and it has tremendous impact on the mental health and normal development of children and adolescents,” said Dr. Rustin Morse, chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “I suspect we will continue to have these waves.”

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