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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Teenagers Could Become A Reservoir For The COVID Virus

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Florida Teenagers Could Become A Reservoir For The COVID Virus

Updated Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

During the worst days of the pandemic last year, the same virus that slammed South Florida hospitals with COVID patients rendered the region’s children’s hospitals eerily quiet.

But as more and more adults have gotten vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the disease burden has shifted toward adolescents, and with it, the attention of many public health experts.

COVID hospitalization rates for those between 12 and 17 years old ticked back up in April after a dip in March, according to a recent study sampling 99 counties in 14 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adolescents get hospitalized from COVID significantly less often than adults, but more often than children, the study concluded.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— By Ben Conarck / Miami Herald