Dr. Alina Alonso

COVID Infections Jump In Palm Beach County Kids

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — We’re not out of the woods, yet. That’s the message from Dr. Alina Alonso, the Palm Beach County Director for the Florida Department of Health. She just told Palm Beach County Commissioners that while the county is averaging only 189 new cases a day, “87 percent of new cases are between the ages of 5 and 64,” with a big jump in infections in pre-and-early teens.

According to Dr. Alonso, there is “an increase from 10-15 percent in ages 5-15.” While most of that group is too young for vaccination, the county is encouraging parents of anyone 12-18 to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, working with the Board of County Commissioners, is preparing a marketing campaign to encourage 18-40 year olds to be vaccinated.

Read the complete, current Palm Beach County COVID-19 report here.

The Palm Beach County pediatric positivity rate is holding at 14.6 percent.

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