Lexington mom urges schools remain remote

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington mom of five is urging that schools remain remote after she and her children discovered they were infected with COVID-19 just three days into the school year.

Kiindia Glover, a mom of five with kids at three different Fayette County Schools, discovered her seven-year-old had contracted COVID-19 when she took him to the ER Thursday morning. Her daughter came home later that day showing severe COVID-like symptoms.

Glover immediately took herself and her other children to get tested and discovered they had all contracted the virus.

“I knew we all had it. I just broke down and cried, I just didn’t know how to come to them and tell them. And like, when I told him [my son] this morning he busted out crying, he was like ‘mom, I’m going to die’ and I was like ‘no you’re not, no you’re not,'” said Glover.

According to the Center for Disease Control, COVID-19 symptoms usually show within 2-14 days of exposure to the virus, making where Glover and her children contracted the virus unclear. However, according to medical professionals in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, pediatric COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Kentucky:

“As the pandemic has progressed, and especially during this past month when we’ve seen a rise in the Delta variant, we’re starting to see more and more children become infected and also more and more children having complications from [COVID-19],” said medical director for Pediatric Infection Prevention and Control at Kentucky Children’s Hospital Dr. Sean McTigue.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, about forty percent of the children admitted to University of Kentucky Children’s hospital for COVID-19 symptoms have been admitted in the last two weeks, making daily close contact and interaction with peers at school a concern.

Glover and her kids have been tested multiple times throughout the summer, but this is the first time they’ve tested positive. Glover’s two contacts within the COVID-19 contraction period, her mother and cousin, have been notified by Glover of their possible exposure.

Glover chose not to vaccinate herself or her children, three of whom are under the recommended age to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Every time I look at them I just cry. Especially my son. He has asthma real bad, and I just look at him every time and he’s just like ‘mama, I don’t want to be sick anymore’ and I’m like ‘there’s nothing I can do, we are all sick.’ And I just sit there and hold him,” said Glover.

Tuesday, Governor Beshear mandated masks in schools statewide. Fayette County started the year Wednesday requiring masks, which block about 50 to 70 percent of respiratory droplets that may carry the virus. According to the CDC, this significantly decreases the spread of COVID-19.

With the recent spike in pediatric COVID-19 cases, Glover fears that may not be enough, even as the CDC continues to recommended that schools remain open for the fall of 2021.

“For these kids to be going to school, it’s not safe right now, it’s not. And I think it’s too early for these kids to be going back,” said Glover.

Glover and her children will be quarantined for the next two weeks.

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