With Delta variant cases on the rise in Orange County, doctors say more kids are getting sick

As a more contagious Delta variant takes root in Orange County and residents 12 and older get vaccinated, pediatricians are reporting a noticeable increase in coronavirus infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations among young children, just weeks before the start of school. “Right now, we’re seeing a huge uptick in the number of cases in children,” said Dr. Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious disease physician scientist and assistant professor of Pediatrics at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. “And unlike before, the children tend to be more symptomatic.”