Peoria (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Tri-County health administrators reported that COVID-19 cases in people under the age of 19 were up 8 percent at the COVID briefing on Thursday.
Although cases are up, children hospitalized with COVID-19 had not gone up significantly.
The hospitals were seeing more kids sick with other infectious diseases like RSV and Rhinovirus, which is something that would be normal for the winter time.
Symptoms of the three viruses are often similar, but health experts said that COVID-19 was still the bigger concern.
"You know, Rhinovirus and RSV we see them in the population, they're not novel. That's the big difference. COVID-19 is novel. No one has immunity to that," Administrator, Peoria City/County Health Department Monica Hendrickson said.