CAPE CORAL, Fla -- The upcoming school year is prompting a number of questions from parents, when it comes to COVID-19 and kids.
The Florida Department of Health says thousands of Southwest Florida kids have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.
Parents hoping to learn more about COVID-19 among children are invited to take part in a virtual town hall Wednesday.
Hosted by Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, it will be an opportunity to get your questions answered straight from pediatric health experts.
According to the Florida DOH, the following breakdown shows as of July, just over 2,000 kids under the age of 18 have tested positive in Southwest Florida, since the start of the pandemic:
- Lee County: 829
- Collier County: 819
- Charlotte County: 51
- Hendry County: 141
- Glades County: 14
- DeSoto County: 164
Experts are closely monitoring these numbers as the start of the school year approaches, but it's safe to say they're only prompting more questions among parents.
The children's hospital says this panel of experts will be available to share what you need to know:
Armando Llechu, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer, Golisano Children’s Services
Emad Salman, MD, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Golisano Children’s Services
Stephanie Stovall, MD, Infectious Disease, Golisano Children’s Services
Alyssa Bostwick, MBA, MSN, RN, Program Development Coordinator, Golisano Children’s Services
The interactive town hall will take place on the hospital's Facebook page at 2:00 p.m. Learn how to take part here.