CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says youth sports fueling uptick in COVID-19 cases

CDC boss Rochelle Walensky says youth sports fueling uptick in COVID-19 cases

By Kate Sheehy April 5, 2021 | 1:38pm | Updated

Youth sports are helping to fuel the worrisome rise in COVID-19 cases among young people, the head of the CDC said Monday.

“We are learning that many outbreaks in young people are related to youth sports and extracurricular activities,’’ Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the federal agency’s director, said at a White House briefing.

“This is among 18- to 24-year-olds where we’re actually seeing some peaks in cases,” she said. “Cases are increasing nationally, and we’re seeing this predominantly in younger adults.”

Walensky noted that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is for youth sports to be “limited,” but added that if they are not, outbreaks can still be contained with a testing regimen.

The latest daily average of new US cases in the past week is 4,970, she said — up 3 percent from the daily average during the previous seven-day period.


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