COVID-19 Infection Among Youth in Foster Care
BACKGROUND Foster youth may have increased exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to transient living arrangements and crowding in congregate care settings. OBJECTIVE To evaluate rates of acute COVID-19 infection and resolved COVID-19 infection by testing youth presenting for healthcare at a foster care clinic.
PARTICIPANTS and SETTING 390 youth in foster care presenting for healthcare at a foster care clinic.
RESULTS There were 16/648 (2%) positive tests for acute COVID-19 infection, administered to 369 youth. Six of 16 positive tests (38%) were obtained in asymptomatic youth. 207 of 390 youth enrolled received serology testing for COVID-19 and 42 (20%) were identified to have positive serology tests. There were no demographic or child welfare characteristics associated with having a positive test.
CONCLUSIONS Screening for active COVID-19 infection in asymptomatic foster youth was very low yield.
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