Cases of COVID-19 in children and teenagers rose by nearly 8% in just over two weeks, a rate that surpassed increases in the general population, Illinois Department of Public Health data showed Wednesday.

It’s a trend Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is grappling with as the highly infectious delta variant proliferates in the U.S.

There are a variety of young patients, said Dr. Larry Kociolek, a pediatrician and medical director of infection prevention and control at Lurie.

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