Published: Tue, August 11, 2020

COVID-19 cases among US children jumped 40% in late July

COVID-19 cases among US children jumped 40% in late July

Over the past four weeks, there's been a 90% hike in known COVID-19 cases among USA children, according to a report published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

California, Florida and Arizona had the highest number of total child cases in the United States, with more than 20,000 each, the report found.

The worst hit states are California, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Illinois and Georgia, which have all seen more than 15,000 cases in children. Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The range of ages varied from state to state, with some including an age limit as high as 24.

As of August 6, there have been 570 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 10 deaths across 40 states and Washington, DC. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) argued last month that education officials should consider keeping their children out of schools in counties where the test positivity rate exceeded that threshold.

The lone abstention of statewide pediatric COVID-19 data was New York, which only offers reported age distribution of cases in New York City.


The cumulative rate of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations among children is around 8 per 100,000 population, compared with 164.5 per 100,000 population in adults.

The report, which aggregates data from 49 states, comes amid heated debate over whether schools should re-open in the fall.

There have been 86 deaths from Covid-19 among children in the U.S., accounting for only 0.06 per cent of fatalities in the country and 0.03 per cent of infections among children.

The district started the school year on July 29.

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