Outbreaks of COVID-19, contagious at the Dane County Child Care Center, infected 35 people, including 16 children and five daycare workers.
The B.1.1.7 variable was first identified in the UK in a center-related case, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County.
The virus spread rapidly among children, family members and workers, the health department said. All children tested positive were up to 6 years old.
“This is an important reminder that we all continue to exercise caution,” health department director Janel Heinrich said in a statement.
Fourteen family members of the child and workers were among the 35 who tested positive.
“Most of the children involved in the outbreak have very mild symptoms,” the health department said in a news release.
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The outbreak at the childcare center comes as experts raise concerns about how the B.1.1.7 variable affects children and Milwaukee public schools are ready to return most students to their classrooms.
The B.1.1.7 strain is 50% to 100% more infectious than the original strain and aggravated the illness 50% to 60% of the time, said Michael Osterholm, director of the university’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy. Of Minnesota on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program.
The variant represents an increased risk for children who are not yet authorized to receive existing vaccines.
“The B.1.1.7 variant is the newest football game,” Osterholm said. “It infect children very easily, unlike the previous virus strains. We don’t see children under the age of eight very often infected? They don’t get sick very often, they don’t spread to the rest of the community. ”
Different instances are ballooning in nearby Michigan and Minnesota, especially in schools. Michigan identified more than 1,200 cases of variant B.1.1.7, the second in the country after Florida. The largest source of new outbreaks in Michigan is K-12 schools, according to state data.
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And Osterholm said variable B.1.1.7 was linked to 749 schools in Minnesota over the past two weeks.
Wisconsin listed 149 different cases, according to state data. All but 10 are variable B.1.1.7.
The Wisconsin data did not detail specific school outbreaks. But it shows that schools have the most outbreak investigations, with 499, second of which are non-healthcare workplaces, with 329 investigations on outbreaks.
All districts in the state are at least self-taught, although Milwaukee and Madison are all virtual. Many schools are reopening as research has found that the risk of transmission of the original coronavirus is generally low in young children.
Milwaukee school students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will have the option of returning to the school building from April 14, the school board just decided. Most students will return by April 26.
In Madison, only the youngest students return to the school building, while third-graders and above are scheduled to return sometime in April. Third year students will start their plans again on April 13.
Dane County Health Department urges parents to be careful when observing symptoms in their children. Child testing is the key to stopping the spread of the virus to people who may have a more serious reaction.
“The common symptoms of COVID-19 in children may include fever, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle pain and nasal congestion. Please do not mistake these symptoms as seasonal allergies. Get a COVID-19 test and rule out first,” the department said. .
Heinrich also urged everyone aged 16 and over to receive the vaccine to help protect the children who were not able to do so. The state is open to everyone on Monday.
“As more adults are vaccinated, I hope we can build a circle of protecting our children to keep everyone in our community healthy,” she said.
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Drake Bentley of the Journal Sentinel contributed to this report.
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