US Passes 1.3 Million COVID-19 Cases in Children

Richard Franki

December 02, 2020

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The news on children and COVID-19 for Thanksgiving week does not provide a lot of room for thankfulness.

 

"The number of new child COVID-19 cases reported this week, nearly 154,000, is the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began," the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association said in their latest weekly report.

For those not counting, the week ending Nov. 26 was the fifth in a row to show "the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began," based on data the AAP and CHA have been collecting from 49 state health departments (New York does not report ages), as well as the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The 153,608 new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in children to almost 1.34 million in those jurisdictions, which is 12% of the total number of cases (11.2 million) among all ages. For just the week ending Nov. 26, children represented 13.7% of all new cases in the United States, down from 14.1% the previous week, according to the AAP/CHA data.

Among the states reporting child cases, Florida has the lowest cumulative proportion of child cases, 6.4%, but the state is using an age range of 0-14 years (no other state goes lower than 17 years). New Jersey and Texas are next at 6.9%, although Texas "reported age for only 6% of total confirmed cases," the AAP and CHA noted.

There are 35 states above the national number of 12.0%, the highest being Wyoming at 23.3%, followed by Tennessee at 18.3% and South Carolina at 18.2%. The two southern states are the only ones to use an age range of 0-20 years for child cases, the two groups said in this week's report, which did not include the usual data on testing, hospitalization, and mortality because of the holiday.

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