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Despite mitigation efforts, a 597-person summer sleep-away camp in Georgia was responsible for a cluster of coronavirus cases in June, where more than half of the positive tests came from children under age 18, according to a case study published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: Kids are not immune to the coronavirus. The findings accentuate the unknown factors associated with how easily children transmit the virus, and only weeks before schools are expected to reopen.

Yes, but: The camp did not require its hundreds of campers to wear masks, only staff members. Activities campers participated in were both indoor and outdoor, and "daily vigorous singing and cheering" could have contributed to transmission.

  • The camp followed some precautions the CDC recommends, including cohorting of attendees by cabin and disinfection procedures. Children were also required to provide a negative COVID-19 test less than 12 days before arriving at camp.

By the numbers: The median age of those who contracted the illness was 12.

  • 51% of positive cases were in 6- to 10-year-olds.
  • 44% were from 11- to 17-year-olds.
  • 26% of positive cases reported no symptoms.

The CDC notes the study is limited in its findings and recognizes:

  • Attack rates presented are also likely an underestimate.
  • Kids could have contracted the virus prior coming to camp, despite test results.
  • Measuring if children adhered to adequate social distancing was also difficult.

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People in their 20s accounted for more than 20% of all COVID-19 cases between June and August, analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, bringing the median age of coronavirus patients to 37, down from 46 in the spring.

Why it matters: Young people are less vulnerable to serious illness, but they contributed to community spread over the summer, the analysis says — meaning they likely infected older, higher-risk people, especially in the South.

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The big picture: Thankfully, schools have not yet become coronavirus hotspots, the Washington Post reported this week, and rates of infection are lower than in the surrounding communities. But that doesn't mean schools are in the clear, especially heading into winter.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m EST: 6,980,104 — Total deaths: 202,827 — Total recoveries: 2,710,183 — Total tests: 98,481,026Map.
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  4. Business: The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  5. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky

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