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COVID-19 Update | September 14, 2021



COVID-19 Update


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Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Break Single-Day Record Last Week, Summer Cases Quadruple Last Year

Staff Contact: Mat Reidhead or Jackie Gatz

Despite nearly one in three Missouri children ages 12 to 17 having completed vaccination against COVID-19, the return to school amid the dominant and more pernicious Delta variant has resulted in record levels of cases among children and adolescents in the Show-Me State. Last Tuesday saw a record 1,133 positive test results for Missouri children under age 18 — the previous single-day record of 940 pediatric cases was set on Nov. 9, 2020. Additionally, during the summer of 2020 when vaccines were unavailable, and the Alpha and Beta strains of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were dominant, 8,263 Missouri children contracted the virus. During the same period this year, nearly 34,000 Missouri children have contracted the virus — more than a four-fold increase.

The largest increases have been among younger children not yet eligible for the vaccines. Last summer, older children ages 15 to 17 accounted for 42% of all pediatric cases in the state. This summer, amid widespread vaccine availability and slowly growing uptake among children ages 15 to 17, they accounted for just 23% of Missouri’s pediatric cases.

Fortunately, emergency use authorization of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is expected next month, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stands ready to carefully examine the new trial data for safety and efficacy. Until that time, the best protective strategies for Missouri’s children include masking indoors; hand hygiene; physical distancing; and being surrounded by family, friends and teachers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For the latest data on COVID-19 cases among children in Missouri by school district, see the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services School District dashboard, jointly developed by MHA, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

Pediatric COVID-19 Cases Break Single-Day Record Last Week, Summer Cases Quadruple Last Year
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