1/3 of COVID cases in Tennessee are children


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(AP) Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says children now make up 36% of Tennessee’s reported COVID-19 cases.

Piercey’s remarks on Wednesday marked another sobering milestone in the battle against the high contagious delta variant.

According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Tennessee ranks sixth in the country for new cases per capita. The rolling average of daily new cases has increased by about 2,200, up 75% over the past two weeks.

Piercey said the biggest increase has been among school-age children just as the school year begins. Few school districts have adopted mask mandates and Tennessee’s vaccination rates remain among the lowest nationally.

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