Almost 100K Children in US Test Positive in 2 Weeks

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics says at least 97,000 children have tested positive for coronavirus in two weeks, according to the Daily Mail.

The report stated that the children represented only 8.8 per cent of all cases in states reporting cases by age, over 338,000 children have tested positive for the virus since the onset of the pandemic. Not all states reported hospitalizations of children, but among those that did, children made up 0.6 percent to 3.7 percent. State-level populations for children were estimated with data from the US Census Bureau.

More than 25 children died of the coronavirus in July alone. North Paulding High School in Georgia, which drew attention after images of its crowded hallways circulated on social media, announced on Sunday that it would switch to online instruction for Monday and Tuesday after reporting at least nine virus cases, said the Times. The age ranges vary by state, and in MI, it includes anyone 19 and younger, but the state recently started reporting age groups 0-9 and 10-19.

States used different definitions of "child", some saying a child is anyone 14 and younger and others adding even 24 year-olds to the group.

The report included data from 49 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, but not Texas or any part of New York outside of New York City, meaning the true count is likely higher. NY did not provide state-wide age breakdowns of cases. In that time, cumulative COVID-19 child cases have increased by 35-fold.

Just last week, data published in the journal Pediatricsshowed pediatric COVID-19 incidence was spiked among American black and Hispanic children compared to white children: about 30% and 46% versus just 7% positive rates, respectively. The findings align with similar inequities in COVID-19 positivity and severity observed among USA adults.

In New York City, home to the nation's largest school district, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a return to in-person schooling in the fall and pledged officials "have worked incessantly to get this right".

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