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Pediatric COVID cases spike, Austin Public Health says, causing a 'domino effect' in hospitals and schools

Pediatric cases are on the rise in Austin as Austin Public Health urges children to get vaccinated. (Pixabay)

Pediatric COVID cases have surged to their highest daily levels yet during the omicron surge, causing a "domino effect" on schools and hospitals, Austin Public Health said in a press conference Friday.

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12,000 Austin students, hundreds of teachers absent from school Wednesday

Austin schools are seeing major absences due to COVID. (Bob Daemmrich)

Days into the spring semester, Austin school districts are struggling with low attendance from students and teachers as the omicron variant sweeps through the city.

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School roundup: Austin ISD, Huston-Tillotson, Texas State and more start spring semester with new rules in age of omicron

Del Valle ISD is one of several Austin-area schools that will continue mask mandates this spring. (Del Valle ISD/Facebook)

Austin ISD alone saw 30% of its 1,200 tested students and staff test positive for COVID on Monday, prompting the district and schools across Central Texas to consider tightening restrictions amid the omicron COVID surge.

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