31% of kids in Florida tested for COVID-19 are positive

Florida’s hardest hit counties, Miami-Dade and Broward, are both opting to start the school year with virtual learning until conditions improve.
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In recent months we've seen the virus have a bigger impact on younger people. The average age of those hospitalized dropping dramatically from April to June, the percentage of people in the icu from 18 to 49 jumping 50% and in Florida alarming new data about children adding to the debris about sending kids back to school and Victor Oquendo joins us from Miami beach. Good morning, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. The bottom line from the school superintendents here in south Florida is that right now it's simply not safe to put kids back inside classrooms. One doctor telling us while their cases may not be as severe there is no reason why children would be spared. This morning as the fight over opening schools wages on, alarming new numbers out of Florida showing 31% of children under the age of 18 tested for the virus were positive. The concern is kids could still get infected and can transmit it and if you put kids back into their natural habitat which is schools and interacting with their peers, that sort of offsets the sort of lower ability to transmit and clearly that becomes like spreading a Vars like wildfire through a school system and then brings that back into the community. Reporter: So far only 54,000 of the state's 4.5 million kids have been tested and hospitalizations in young children remain rare. There's a couple caveats that are very important here in that kids are tested differently than adults so you expect higher percent positives. Kids with symptoms are more likely to be tested. It's not as broad testing as it is in adults. Reporter: Across the country families are concerned about their children's safety. The Cyrus hitting this family hard much their father Alex contracted covid. 4-year-old deacon and 4-week-old Harrison both tested positive. I'm going to be honest that I thought it was a death sentence. Reporter: Harrison spent three agonizing days in a children's hospital. His mother Jenny the only family member allowed in the room with him. Thankfully he's back home and recovering now as the entire family isolates force the next two weeks but even as infection rates grow pressure continues for schools to re-open from the president and governor of Florida. Schools in Florida's hardest hit counties both opting to start the school year with online learning until conditions improve. As long as the number of hospitalizations continue to increase we're not in the position of re-opening schools. It is actually counterintuitive and dangerous. Reporter: And Florida's governor who again wants schools to re-open acknowledging that right now test results are taking too long to come back. He wants that time cut down to 48 hours but in many cases right now it's taking up to ten days and the way he put it that's simply not helpful. Robin. It is not. All right. Victor, thank you.

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