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BOCA RATON, FL ( — The Palm Beach County pediatric positivity rate released over the weekend is still exceptionally high. The Florida Department of Health reports the rate at 14.4 percent.

While significantly lower than the 30-percent that the health department reported for several weeks — then inexplicably cut in half last week with no reason or verifiable data — the current rate is ten points higher than what the Florida Academy of Pediatrics says is acceptable for a return to physical school.

The group wants no in-person school until the pediatric positivity rate drops to a verifiable and sustained in the 3-5 percent range.

Last week’s bizarre 50-percent drop in the pediatric positivity came as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump continued their push for Florida public schools to open for in-person education as the Palm Beach County school board debated the issue.

By the numbers: at least 2,161 children under the age of 17 in Palm Beach County are positive for COVID-19. At least 1 child in Palm Beach County is positive for “multisystem inflammatory syndrome.”

The State of Florida and Palm Beach County are releasing two different datasets when it comes to pediatrics.

In Palm Beach County as of Sunday night:

496 children 0-4 are positive for COVID-19.

1132 children 5 to 14 are positive for COVID-19.

4442 children and young adults aged 15 to 24 are positive for COVID-19.

While Palm Beach County is combining ages 5 to 14 into a huge group, the State of Florida breaks it down further — but only for the entire state. It’s unclear why Palm Beach County isn’t being more specific. Simple math would suggest that 653 children 14 to 17 are COVID-19 positive in Palm Beach County, but that is not an “official” number.

In all of Florida as of Sunday evening:

11,110 children between ages of 14 and 17 are positive for COVID-19.

5,122 children between the ages of 11 and 13 are positive for COVID-19.

8,108 children between the ages of 5 and 10 are positive for COVID-19.

4,993 children between the ages of 1 and 4 are positive for COVID-19.

And 1,817 children under age 1 are positive for COVID-19 in Florida.


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