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Orange County childcare workers catching coronavirus, but kids are not

Posted November 10, 2020 6:00 p.m. EST

— In Orange County, the health department is seeing a new trend. There are cases among adults at childcare centers – but those cases are not spreading to children.

"We’ve just in the last couple of weeks noticed that more of the workers at the childcare facilities have been coming up with positive tests," said Todd McGee, Orange County's community relations director.  "We’ve worked with them at the facilities and notified them of that and done the contact tracing."

As to how the virus is getting into the day care facilities in the first place?

"It's just community spread," he said. "It's out there. You can't ignore the fact that it's spreading in the community."

McGee said that they have not identified any cases among children at the facilities.

While that's good news, it doesn't mean that children can't get infected.

"It also reflects what we’ve somewhat been seeing for months now," said Dr. Ibukun Akinboyo, a Pediatric Infectious Disease doctor at Duke. "Where children can get COVID, they can get infected and they can spread it, but it seems to be at a pace that is slightly less than what adults are doing.

As such, some parents, like Viola Interiano, are still exercising caution.

"I think it’s a positive thing that they’re not getting it, although I do have friends that send their kids to school and kids are not wearing masks," Interiano said.

WRAL News asked Orange County officials how many cases there have been at child care facilities, but did not receive that information.

However, there are multiple facilities that have had confirmed cases.

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