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Kids testing positive at higher rates than adults; gender wage gap impacted by COVID workforce loss: Today's COVID-19 updates

by Lester Blair
A health care worker receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Oct. 5.
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While cases increased across all age groups in the latest wave of COVID, kids have been testing positive for COVID-19 more often than adults, adjusted for population. 

This is because of the contagious Delta variant and relaxed restrictions that make it easier for younger children to receive vaccines.

“Definitely over the last eight weeks we’ve seen dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in kids,” said Dr. Donna Tyungu, a pediatric infectious disease physician at OU Health in Oklahoma City. It all started as soon as we began school.

In August and September, hospitalizations of children with COVID-19 increased across the U.S. Weekly pediatric admissions reached a peak of more than three kids per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5 and have since declined in most states along with adult COVID-19 admissions.

However, the rates of pediatric admissions have increased in over a dozen states including Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah. It is less common for children to be affected by severe illnesses than it is for adults.

– Janie Haseman and Aleszu Bajak, USA TODAY

In the news also:

► Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva says he will not enforce the county’s vaccine mandate in his agency. He says his employees are willing to be terminated rather than get the vaccine.

► Cruise ships will return to San Francisco on Monday after 19 months of pause due to the COVID pandemic, Mayor London Breed AnnoucedFriday

► Brazil’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 600,000, according to data from its health ministry on Friday. Brazil has the third highest number of deaths worldwide, after India and the United States.

► A man who tried to defraud the government out of more than half a million dollars in COVID relief funds and then faked his own suicide to evade prosecution was sentenced to 56 months in prison.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 712,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 237.2 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 186.9 million Americans – 56.3% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

📘 What we’re reading: At least 140,000 U.S. children have lost caregivers to COVID-19. Researchers in a study published Thursday found children of color account for 65% of the children orphaned. Learn more.

Keep refreshing this page for the latest news. Want more? Sign up for USA TODAY’s Coronavirus Watch newsletter to receive updates directly to your inbox and join our Facebook group.

Texas’s gender gap in terms of wage was likely to be lower because women quit the workforce after COVID.

Texas’ gender wage gap has shrunk — but it’s likely an anomaly due to the number of women who left the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

Women in the state who worked full-time in 2020 earned a median of 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — the highest figure in more than two decades that the data have been tracked and a sizable increase from about 81 cents in 2019.

There was a disproportionately negative impact on women last year as the pandemic triggered widespread layoffs and forced some people to leave the workforce to care for children or other family members.

“All the anecdotal evidence as well as pieces of data that we have been able to find have shown that jobs that women hold have been hardest hit by COVID,” said Dena Jackson, chief operating officer of the Texas Women’s Foundation. The women who held those jobs “are not reflected in the data — they have become invisible,” she said.

Bob Sechler, The Austin American Statesman

After the appeals decision by Ida, a nursing home owner lost his license

After seven people died in Hurricane Ida, the owner of Louisiana’s seven nursing homes appealed to the state department for removing his licenses.

Bob Dean of Baton Rouge, a Baton Rouge entrepreneur, denied that residents were treated with cruelty or indifference. He argued that warehouse conditions were caused uncontrollably by storm damage, which interrupted vital services.

About 800 nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse, where conditions were later determined to be unhealthy and unsafe, according to state health officials. Five deaths from seven people died were linked with Hurricane Ida. Residents were transferred to another state facility.

As a reason for revoked licenses, state officials mentioned neglect and cruelty as well as indifference. Dean is also being accused by officials of “a campaign for threats, intimidation, and attempts” in an attempt to stall the investigation. 

Contribution: The Associated Press

Source: USAToday.com

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