Arecently published report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows that at least 97,000 children in the US tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
The report also shows that there have been at least 338,982 total COVID-19 cases among children since the pandemic began, which means that more than a quarter of child infections occurred in the last two weeks of July, according to the New York Times.
The states with the highest percentage increases in COVID-19 infections among children in the latter half of July include Missouri, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. Areas in the Northeast, including New York City and New Jersey, had the lowest percentage increases in child infections in that timeframe.
Figures released in a Monday report by the CDC show that around one-third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 since March 1 are hospitalized in intensive care units.
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. However, the CDC also notes that the case fatality rate among children is low.
“By comparison, among US children hospitalized with seasonal influenza virus infection, estimates of ICU admissions have ranged from 16% to 25% among hospitalized children without and with underlying medical conditions, respectively,” the report says.
The study also found that only 6% of hospitalized children require invasive mechanical ventilation, compared to almost 19% of adults.