Children make up highest number of new COVID-19 cases, DHHS says

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Children make up the highest number of new coronavirus cases reported in North Carolina, state officials said on Monday. Many of those children, especially older ones, are seeking treatment at emergency rooms for their illness.
— For the first time in the pandemic, children make up the highest number of new coronavirus cases reported in North Carolina, state officials said on Monday. Children under 18 are also the largest age group of patients seeking emergency treatment for coronavirus, officials said.

"Children can spread [it] to other people and can spread to other adults. There are numerous, numerous studies that children are quite efficient spreaders to their households," said Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, state health director and the chief medical officer for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority of cases reported since late August and September are in children and young adults, state data shows. Pediatric hospitalizations have spiked among children since August, data shows. The number of children hospitalized still remains low — a little more than 2 children for every 100,000 are in the hospital. But officials worry…
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