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New cases of COVID-19 more than doubled among children age 9 and younger in Washoe County just one week after the same age group saw a sizable drop in the number of new infections.

The Washoe County Health District reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 in children age 9 and younger last week. The period covers the seven days leading up to Oct. 22. 

The number is up significantly from the 23 cases seen during the preceding week. There have been 514 COVID-19 infections to date involving kids age 9 and younger in Washoe County since the pandemic started, with half of those cases occurring in the last two months. Children ages 10 to 19 also saw an increase in cases, albeit at a smaller rate. New cases within that age group rose by 19% from 69 to 82.

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The increase occurs as Washoe County surpassed the 12,000 mark in total COVID-19 cases last week. The health district reported on Friday that Washoe has reached 12,304 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started. It also reported its biggest one-day increase in new infections, with 350 new cases.

COVID-19: Washoe County hits new highs for daily cases, total active cases

Age groups with the highest number of infections

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The number of new cases in Washoe County continued to trend upward last week. 

Even before reporting 350 new cases on Friday, the county was already trending in a higher direction. Washoe reported 894 new cases for the seven days leading into Thursday, an average of 128 new cases per day. That’s up from an average of 104 per day from the preceding week.

The bulk of the new cases are among residents ages 20 to 49. 

Younger adults age 20 to 29 reported the highest number of new cases with 209 infections, an increase of 24% from the prior week before. The next highest group involved people ages 30 to 39 at 151, followed by adults between 40 to 49 years of age at 132 cases. The new cases in both groups rose by 10% and 35% respectively.

Seniors aged 70 to 79 did not see as high an increase in the raw numbers for infections but did post higher rates of increase. Infections among the older population are especially a concern because they’re more susceptible to complications and deaths from the COVID-19 virus. The 70 to 79 age group saw a 77% increase from 31 to 55 while the 60 to 69 age group posted a 58% increase from 57 to 90. 

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Only two age groups saw a downward trend in new cases. People ages