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7,000 Alabama children ages 5-17 have tested positive for coronavirus since March, ADPH says | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #parenting | #parenting | #kids


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Newly released demographic data shows 7,000 Alabama children have tested positive for coronavirus since March.

The Alabama Department of Health’s dashboard now shows case breakdowns for ages 5-17 and 18-24, a change from the previous 5-24 division. The change comes as schools across Alabama are opening up for students, with some already having to change schedules of quarantine students due to COVID cases.

The data shows just under 7% of Alabama’s 101,496 coronavirus cases are among those in the 5-17 age group. The 18-24 age group accounts for 14% of the cases. The greatest percentage of cases – 40% – are among those 25-49.

Alabama Department of Public Health’s Dr. Karen Landers confirmed to AL.com the demographic breakdown is new. It reflects numbers for the entire state and county-by-county information was not available. Data on when the positive cases were reported was not included.

The demographics breakdown is not yet part of the the two-page case update posted each day by ADPH. The breakdown show the 5-24 age group accounts for 0.2% of the state’s coronavirus deaths, all of whom had underlying conditions. The state had earlier listed an infant under its COVID-19-related deaths among those with no underlying conditions but moved the death to those with underlying conditions this week.

The current age range for Alabama’s coronavirus deaths among those with no underlying conditions is 33-10 with the median age of 75.

As of Friday morning, Alabama has had 1,821 coronavirus deaths.

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