From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to August 27, there have been more than 476,000 cases in children, according to an updated report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children̵
The report looks at publicly disclosed data from 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
Children accounted for 9.5% of all cases, and there is an overall rate of 631 cases per 100,000 children in the population. Both numbers have increased since the last report on Aug. 20, when children accounted for 9.3% of all cases, and the overall rate at 583 cases per 100,000 children in the population.
Since August 13, 70,330 new child cases have been reported – that’s a 17% increase in child cases over two weeks.
Of the nine states where tests were reported, children make up between 4% and 13.3% of all tests. Between 2.8% and 17.4% of the children tested were positive for Covid-19.
In the 22 states and New York City that reported hospital stays, children accounted for 0.6% to 4.1% of all reported hospital stays. Between 0.3% and 8.5% of all child cases resulted in hospital stays.
In the 43 states and New York City that reported mortality, children accounted for 0% to 0.3% of all Covid-19 deaths, and 19 states reported zero child deaths. In the reported states, 0% to 0.7% of all child cases resulted in death.
“At this point in time, it appears that serious illnesses due to Covid-19 are rare in children,” the report said. “However, states should continue to provide detailed reports of Covid-19 cases, tests, hospitalizations and mortality by age so that the effects of Covid-19 on child health can be documented and monitored.”