Montgomery County recorded 980 cases of COVID-19 among children under 12, the highest number to date during the pandemic (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County reported the highest number of children under 12 testing positive for COVID-19 to date in its Aug. 25 update.
The county’s update showed that 980 children tested positive in August—over double the number in July. The figure is also the highest since January, when 653 children tested positive.
Despite the Food and Drug Administration granting Pfizer full administration for the COVID-19 vaccine, children under 12 are still not approved for the shot. The FDA said the Pfizer shot will also remain under emergency use authorization for people ages 12-15. Montgomery County reported that 52% of residents had gotten vaccinated. The county also recorded the highest number of active cases since January and is 1,247 cases short of the record active case total set at the beginning of the year.
Montgomery County has been rolling out drive-thru vaccination sites in each of the county precincts, with Precinct 4 scheduled for an Aug. 25 drive-thru event at A.V. "Bull" Salas Park in New Caney until 7 p.m. The officials from the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said no further first-dose pop-up events are scheduled. The county is also hosting a regional COVID-19 antibody infusion center, one of nine that the Texas Department of State Health Services opened across Texas. Patients who test positive for COVID-19 but do not require hospitalization, meet certain criteria and have a physician’s referral can receive treatment there.
Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Community Impact Newspaper's Montgomery County markets. In his spare time, Jishnu is a soccer fan and enjoys learning about wildlife and the environment. Follow him on Twitter @jishnews for news updates
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