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The Commonwealth

Kentucky COVID cases on the rise; State Health Commissioner says more children need to be vaccinated

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There has been another increase in COVID cases in Kentucky. During the Thursday Team Kentucky briefing, the COVID map showed twelve counties in the moderate range, which is up from three last week. The FDA recently approved COVID booster for children ages 5-11. Dr. Steven Stack is the Kentucky Public Health Commissioner. He says it is important for kids to be vaccinated.

“But even though children generally have less severe disease, even though they do not end up in the hospital with the same frequency, thank goodness, it clearly hurts children. It hurts children for a longer period of time even in a smaller proportion.”

Dr. Stack says another concern is the impact of long COVID on children.

“It’ll take years before the medical community has clearer definitions so we can even track it better, let alone, try to help figure out how to help people with it. Children are at the onset of their lives, they have decades and decades, hopefully, of healthy life ahead of them and don’t fully understand the impact.”

He and the governor both noted that hospitalizations remain low and stable but cautioned that positivity rate is on the rise.

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