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COVID KID INFECTIONS: Palm Beach County Pediatric Positivity Still High

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County pediatric positivity rate is still an astonishingly high 14.1-percent just days before Palm Beach County starts in-person education. Palm Beach County has the third highest pediatric positivity rate in Florida of similarly sized counties. Only Miami-Dade (19.7-percent) and Broward (17.0-percent) are higher.

While the overall positivity rate in Palm Beach County has dropped, the pediatric rate has remained in the 14-percent range for several weeks. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says schools should only start in-person learning when that number is consistently in the 3 to 5-percent range.

The Florida Department of Health, which released the report, defines “pediatric” as under age 18.

Statewide, 52,857 children 0-17 have tested positive for COVID-19. By age group: 2,776 children under age 1; 8,215 children ages 1-4; 14,157 children ages 5-10; 8,977 ages 11-13; and 18,732 ages 14-17.

How Many Children Have COVID-19 In Palm Beach County?

The pediatric positivity rate in Palm Beach County is 14.1 percent, according to the Florida Dept. of Health as of September 9, 2020. Palm Beach County’s pediatric positivity rate is the third highest in Florida, behind Miami-Dade County and Broward County.

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