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Tennessee sees a rise in COVID-19 infections among school age children

Dr. Ken Blake

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Parents are facing some unwelcome news as Tennessee prepares to send its children back to school.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among school age children is on the rise.

As of Friday, July 31, it’s been 149 days since Tennessee reported its first case of coronavirus.

However, in just the last 12 days the number of new coronavirus infections reported statewide among children 5 to 18 years of age jumped just over 36 percent.

Several mid-state counties are reporting even larger 12 day increases.

In total, more than 9,200 Tennessee school age children have contracted coronavirus since the pandemic began. To date, three children have died statewide.

Below you will find percent change figures for total cases of COVID-19 among school age children in each of the counties contiguous to Metro Nashville for the 12 day period ending July 29.

To provide context, the number of actual cases reported in each county during the 12 day period is also included.

COUNTY            # CASES             12 DAY % CHANGE                   

Davidson            277                       20.6           

Rutherford          163                       38.2

Williamson          83                         30.5

Wilson                 56                         38.6

Cheatham           16                         45.7

Sumner                 97                         39.9

Robertson           31                         24.6 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Percent change based on COVID-19 case counts reported by Tennessee health officials during the 12 day period ending September 29. WMOT thanks MTSU data journalist Dr. Ken Blake for preparing the data used in this report.

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