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Florida Department of Health: 25.3% of kids tested in Martin County are positive for coronavirus

Martin County has highest positivity rate for kids in state
Posted at 11:36 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 23:36:15-04

STUART, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health said Martin County has the highest positivity rate for children in the entire state of Florida.

On July 26 alone, 45.1% of children in Martin County tested were positive.

"That's just scary," said Lisa Yancsurak, who has three kids.

The most recent pediatric report released by the Florida Department of Health indicates that, as of July 24, 25.3% of the 1,555 kids tested in Martin County came back positive.

Yancsurak's youngest child is 5 years old.

She said the long-term effects of the coronavirus are unknown and that going back to school Aug. 11 is not an option.

"I can't personally risk my child on a ventilator in the hospital," said Yancsurak.

"Kids need school," said Naralyn Durbin, who has two kids. "They need socialization. They need the actual physical learning environment. I have full confidence in the teachers and staff and custodial staff, them being able to have a secure safe environment that they're going to sanitize."

Durbin said the proposal to delay school for two weeks in Martin County would not have made a difference.

"If we get, we get it," said Durbin. "We've got faith that we'll be fine. We'll pull through it. I won't be hospitalized. We won't die."

The Department of Health said prior to May, children could not get tested unless they were symptomatic.