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Thirty-one children under the age of 12 tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in upstate New York, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Why it matters: None of the children are seriously ill, but the infections raise concerns about the possibility of transmission to nearby communities. The cases come as the Delta variant spreads across the U.S.

  • All 31 are too young to receive vaccines in the U.S.
  • "I think that when the kids go back to school, we could see this, and I’m concerned about that," Jack Mabb, the health director of Columbia County, where the camp of 550 is located, told the Times.
  • The cases follow a series of positive tests at other summer camps in the U.S., mostly among teens and adults.

The big picture: President Biden said this week that he believes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will authorize the vaccine for children under 12 soon. But he refused to specify a timeline.

  • The outbreak "is emblematic of the challenges that arise when a huge population cannot be vaccinated, even as it highlights the effectiveness of vaccines," the Times writes.

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Harris gets COVID-19 booster shot

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images.

Vice President Kamala Harris received a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, while calling on Americans to get vaccinated to "get through and beyond" the pandemic.

Driving the news: The White House said Harris qualifies for a booster shot due to her job duties that include frequent traveling and interacting with people, AP reports.

Oct 30, 2021 - Health

Anxiety and depression symptoms vary by age and race

Data: CDC; Note: Asian, Black and white respondents identified as non-Hispanic and are of a single race; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Young adults and people of color are disproportionately reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to CDC data.

By the numbers: The portion of U.S. adults reporting these symptoms has hovered around 30% since this spring — a drop from the more than 40% of adults reporting symptoms last winter.

  • In 2019, only 11% of adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, per the CDC.
Oct 30, 2021 - Health

1 hopeful thing: Nature is healing

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Getting outside is good for us — especially in a pandemic.

The big picture: Nature's benefits for mental health and well-being are part of the human experience and have been studied for decades. But the COVID-19 pandemic is a real-time experiment in studying exactly how green spaces can help us in difficult times.