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Pediatric COVID cases confirmed

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is reporting a jump in COVID-19 cases in Charlotte County in a one-week period.

According to the VDH between Monday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 31, there have been 10 positive cases reported bringing the total to 69 since the pandemic began in March.

Of those cases three are listed pediatric cases with two of those being school-aged children. 

The VDH says 3.4% of COVID-19 cases involve infants and children up to age 9 and 7.5% are from children ages 10 to 19.

In August, the Virginia Department of Health began to conduct a pediatric coronavirus disease serology study.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Serology tests look for antibodies in the blood. If antibodies are found, that means there has been a previous infection. Antibodies are proteins that can fight off infections.”

VDH will use the information collected from this project to estimate the total number of children who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, including those who may have had mild or asymptomatic infections. VDH will also analyze children’s risk factors for COVID-19 infection, including age, underlying health conditions, sociodemographic characteristics, history of COVID-19 infection within households, and childcare exposures.

Preliminary results are expected by mid-September.