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State Report Shows Hundreds Test Positive For COVID-19 At Florida Schools In August

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The Miami Herald
Florida has at least 7 kids with multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, linked to coronavirus (COVID-19). Nicklaus Children’s Hospital near South Miami has created a specialized ICU unit to treat the disorder.

Close to 900 students and staffers among Florida schools tested positive for COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health accidentally released a report on COVID-19 outbreaks at schools across the state — from daycare centers to colleges — and found that nearly 900 students and staffers had tested positive during a two-week period in August as schools had just begun or readied to reopen.

State officials published the six-page draft online on Monday, but then quickly wiped it away a day later. The Herald obtained a copy before it disappeared.

Florida International University infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Mary Jo Trepka said the detailed data was one of the most valuable reports the DOH has produced because it assesses how the virus is affecting the state’s children as they return to the classroom.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.