New data from the Department of Health is showing a growing share of very young children and teenagers are testing positive for COVID-19 compared to earlier in the pandemic, a worrying sign that could have major implications for New York City’s in-person schooling initiative.
Compared to other age groups, children aged 4 and under showed the highest weekly positivity rate: 3.2% for the week ending on October 31st, compared to 2.2% for city residents overall. The positivity rate was more than double that of the first week of September, when 1.4% of children under 4 tested positive.
Children ages 13 to 17 had the second highest weekly positivity rate. In early October, the rate among that group soared to 3.9% before declining to 2.6% in the last week of October.
Interestingly, positivity rates for children aged between 5 to 12 also began rising after September, but after peaking at 2.8%, have since declined to 1.5%.