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COVID-19 cases in Colorado children decline, but public health officials warn may rise after holiday gatherings

Childhood coronavirus cases declined slightly last week, but Colorado public health officials warned on Wednesday that the state could see infections rise again in the coming weeks as families gather for the holidays .

Just over 4,720 children and adolescents tested positive for COVID-19 during the week between Nov. 14 and Nov. 21, down 6.6% from the 5,061 cases the previous week, according to the latest data from the state health department. Coloradans 5 to 11 years accounted for 2,461 of these cases.

It is too early to know if the drop reflects an overall downward trend given that the number of cases in children and adolescents remains high – infections are up 40% from about a month ago, when the state has recorded 3,361 cases among those under the age of 18.

Young Coloradans have experienced higher rates of infections during the current wave of the virus in the state, with transmission highest among children aged 5 to 11.

“Now is not the time to assume things are getting better,” Dr Eric France, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said at a press briefing. “We have to be vigilant. ”

Overall hospitalizations remain high. The state had only 645 beds on Wednesday and 1,576 Coloradans were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday, said Scott Bookman, COVID-19 incident commander.

Children are less likely to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19, but the risk still exists. They can also develop a long-lasting COVID or a rare but serious condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, after infection.

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