Transcript for Schools reopen, COVID-19 cases rise in kids nationwide over last 5 months
We turn to the coronavirus pandemic here in the U.S., the virus now taking more than a million lives worldwide. And one-fifth of those lives right here in the U.S. More than 205,000 American lives lost now. A new study tonight finding cases in children rising from 2% to 10% since the spring, and as New York City children go back to school for the first time, the alarming rise in cases right here in this city, threatening to close the schools again. ABC's Eva pilgrim tonight from New York. Reporter: Just as New York City elementary students went back to the classroom, schools already at risk of closing. The city reporting its covid positivity rate ticking up, above 3% for the first time since June. New clusters traced to nine zip colds. If the schools are not safe, I'm not going to allow them to operate. Period. Reporter: The city ready to close schools as early as next week if that number stays above 3%. The potential setback coming as covid cases in children have risen from 2% to 10% nationwide over the last five months. One of those children, 12-year-old Elizabeth Mcnew from atlantic beach, Florida, who passed away after a 10-day battle with the virus. Elizabeth came to me and said, I'm not breathing right, mommy. Reporter: Tonight, a new report from "The New York Times" says over the summer, white house officials tried to pressure the CDC to play down the risks of sending children back to school. Oliva troye, a former aide to the vice president, sat in on task force meetings. It was people within the white house specifically tasking more junior level staff to try to find alternate data. Data that fit the narrative they wanted, which is, it onto effects, you know, people above the average of 75 and it doesn't effect younger schoolchildren. It was all part of the narrative of, we need to open up these schools. Reporter: And the white house pushing back on that "New York Times" reporting, saying that the task force brings together experts with different expertise and views. David? Eva pilgrim with us tonight. Thank you, Eva.
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