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Number increasing of DeKalb Co. kids with coronavirus

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AUBURN, Ind. (WPTA21) -- In Auburn and the rest of DeKalb County the number of positive coronavirus cases is climbing.

But there's been an increase in children testing positive as well, including an 8-year-old who was diagnosed Wednesday.

"It probably always has affected them, but how would we know because they have not been targeted for testing," Dr. Mark Souder says.

DeKalb County's health officer says over the past month and a half, there's been a steady increase in the number of cases in kids younger than 18, including three more who were diagnosed Thursday.

Dr. Souder attributes the rise in coronavirus infections to places kids have been, like summer camps and being involved in travel athletic teams, as well as summer activities in DeKalb County, and being linked to other infected family members.

Dr. Souder attributes that to places kids have been, like summer camps and being involved in travel athletic teams, as well as summer activities in DeKalb County, and being linked to other infected family members.

"Their symptoms tend to be rather mild, and some don't know that they have had the COVID except that they have had an exposure. And then the mild symptoms get their attention and they're getting tested," he says.

He says parents in the county's four school districts have been so opposed to having their kids wear masks that the districts had considered opening without a mask requirement.

He's such a proponent of wearing a mask that he's relieved Governor Holcomb has ordered Hoosiers eight years and older to wear them in public places and in schools.

"My mask protects you and your mask protects me, and so we're keeping the air that people breathe safe. Just like we do with no smoking areas in public places, as well. We've decided a long time ago that a person doesn't have a right to contaminate someone else's breathing space," Souder says.

He says our country is under attack from the coronavirus and that Hoosiers -- and all Americans -- need to do their part in wearing masks to help flatten the curve.

"We are also seeing now an increasing percentage of people who have no idea who they came in contact with, where they might have acquired the virus. That type of community spread is very concerning because we can't really do complete contact tracing," he says.

Dr. Souder says that hinders how well DeKalb County can respond to the coronavirus.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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