Cook Children's Sees Spike in COVID-19

DALLAS (KRLD) - Cook Children's Medical Center​ in Fort Worth says the number of kids coming down with COVID-19 is growing at an alarming rate. 

In the last 24 hours alone, there have been 48 positive tests.

Since March, Cook Children's has had 286 positive tests, but more than half of those have come in the last week and a half.

"We knew when we reopened Texas, we were going to have people interacting more," says Dr. Nicholas Rister, pediatric infectious diseases physician​ at Cook Children's. "We knew we were going to see more of the virus, and that's why everyone's been watching so closely to make sure we're not seeing too much too fast."

Dr. Rister says around 90% of the kids have symptoms. 

He says since kids like to get close to their loved ones, holding Fourth of July gatherings this year can greatly increase the likelihood of those kids spreading the virus to family members who could be more severely affected.