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Local pediatricians see increase in cases among children, some with strep throat or RSV as well

Since school began, some local pediatricians are reporting an increase in COVID cases among kids.

Dr. Robert Dracker, the medical director at Summerwood Pediatrics, said they have seen an uptick.

He explained that they’ve seen two to six cases each day in both of their offices among younger children and adolescents.

He said the virus is mirroring the cold and flu in children, and vaccinated children have tested positive as well. Their symptoms were less severe due to recently getting the vaccine.

Dracker says studies have shown the flu vaccine shows some help with combatting COVID, so he suggests everyone get it.

He’s also seen patients infected with COVID at the same time as strep throat or RSV.