1/ There's a "School Aged COVID-19 Surveillance Report" out from @GaDPH about COVID among kids 0-22. It's got some good information, but not a lot we didn't already know, and most of the graphs only go through 8/31, but here's a thread with my key takeaways... #covid19ga #gapol
2/ Statewide, cases among those <18 have been dropping since our July peak, with a small bump in early August as many schools started back up - mostly among 14-17 age range.
3/ Cases among 18-22yo spiked in late August, as colleges returned but data from this past week on the DPH site shows cases in 18-29 range falling in Sept. This is consistent with DPH data from counties with colleges.
4/ Some children and college age cases have been hospitalized - especially during the summer during our peak. Fortunately, these are very low numbers, and a very low rate per case. I track cases, hospitalizations, and deaths weekly from the DPH web site (see below).
5/ Kids also go to the ER - sometimes with COVID or flu (ILI) symptoms. These graphs show % of ER visits for each. Notice the ages are swapped - younger kids are more likely to go for ILI, and older kids more for COVID. This confirms what we know about flu vs COVID in young kids.
6/ Percent positive peaked for 18-22yo in late July like it did for adults, then rose a little in late August with colleges restarting. In 0-17yo, it peaked in early August (around school reopenings) then fell.
7/ School "clusters" increased in August. This is not surprising, nor particularly alarming to me - especially when you consider the definition of a "cluster". It only takes 2 positive tests within 2 week in kids who had contact at school.
8/ Lastly, the report show DPH defines a low case rate as 0-10 cases per 100K over a 14-day period. Some school districts (DeKalb and City of Atlanta at least) are using only 0-5 cases per 100K over a 14-day period as their threshold for returning to full-time F2F school.
9/ You can access the report here if you want to see more: …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…

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Evidence of the recent backlog we had in case reporting in GA... From late June to early July, while cases were rising sharply, we were under reporting because labs got behind. In recent weeks, we've been over reporting as labs catch up on the backlog. (1/4) #covid19ga #gapol
Our cases peaked and started falling the week ending July 11, before case reports peaked. Risk levels that are based on *reported* cases in the past week or two are very misleading, because we were reporting cases from July, for people who aren't even infectious anymore. (2/4)
But the backlog is clearing up. Last week, we started reporting fewer old cases, and this week is starting off even better, with 86% of reported cases current so far this week. (3/4) public.tableau.com/views/WeeklyRe…
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