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Adams County sees spike in COVID-19 cases among youth

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New cases show more children are getting sick with COVID-19 in Adams County.

The health department reports two girls ages zero to nine have tested positive, along with a male who is 10 to 19 years old.

The recent spike has local day cares ramping up safety measures to mitigate the spread in children.

Efforts are underway to protect children from COVID-19.

"Kids do in fact contract the virus and they also can pass it to kids and adults," communicable nurse Tara Bealor said.

At Little Angel's Childcare and Preschool in Quincy, employees work long days to keep the virus out of the facility.

"Parents bring in their kids, they can't come in without being temped and they do have to use hand sanitizer," Little Angel's Childcare Co-Director Kimberli Palecek said.

At a daycare with no reported COVID-19 cases, Palecek said they constantly clean.

"Classrooms, they do get sanitized throughout the day," Palecek said. "We definitely implement running toys through and getting those cleaned as frequent as possible."

"Early on majority were adults and the majority is still adults, but we've definitely seen in the past couple weeks, more kids than we have previously," Bealor said.

Bealor cares for children with COVID-19. She said while most kids have shown symptoms, others may be symptomatic.

She said COVID in kids can be tricky, as they tend to get sick and pull fevers more often.

"If your child is sick, especially if they have a fever, or if they have an underlying condition like asthma, and they do develop symptoms, I would call your doctor," Bealor said.

In a daycare full of children, Palecek said while they cut classroom sizes and have kids wear masks when necessary, it also falls on the community to help keep all kids healthy.

"It's not just you and your family you have to think about all day," Palecek said. "There's 45 other kids here with their families. We just hope that the families and our workers all reciprocate the same respect."

Officials advise parents to cut down on play dates and explain the importance of sometimes wearing a mask to their children.

They encourage kids to play outside together and do activities where they are able to social distance.

Health department officials said they often see sinus symptoms, a fever, sore throat and headaches in small children who test positive for COVID-19.

If your child has any of those, they advise you to contact your primary care physician immediately.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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