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Coronavirus Cases Among Kids Hit Pandemic High After Summer Dip

According to data compiled by two health organizations, about 252,000 new coronavirus cases were reported among children last week. This marks the most significant number of unique pediatric COVID-19 patients in a single week since the pandemic began, and it comes as millions of kids head back to school. This surge in pediatric patients between Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 represents nearly 27% of all new COVID-19 cases reported during that period, according to the weekly report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The organizations compiled data from 49 states, New York City, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

There was a drop in child COVID-19 cases around the start of summer. Just 8,447 new pediatric cases were reported during the week of June 24, which is roughly 30 times less than the total reported last week. A case decline was seen among adults earlier in the summer, and pediatric cases appear to have generally risen and fallen with the number of cases reported among adults.

COVID-19 cases among children (seen in dark blue) rose recently to their highest level since the start of the pandemic. Cases among adults (seen in light blue) have also gone up.

Geographically, the South has seen the highest spike in pediatric cases in recent weeks. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi are among the states that saw the highest number of new topics between Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. California, the nation’s most populous state, has reported the highest number of pediatric cases since the pandemic, followed by Florida and then Illinois. The AAP and CHA noted that their data was limited because some states no longer reported child hospitalizations or undercounting cases.

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