At least 97,000 children in the United States tested positive for the coronavirus the last two weeks of July alone, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The report says that at least 338,000 children have tested positive since the pandemic began, meaning more than a quarter has tested positive in just those two weeks.
The report comes as parents and education leaders grapple with the challenges of resuming schooling as the virus continues to surge in parts of the country.
More than seven out of 10 infections were from states in the South and West, consistent with the report, which relied on data from 49 states along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. The count could be higher because the report did not include complete data from Texas and information from parts of New York State outside of New York City.
Missouri, Oklahoma, Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana were among the states with the highest percent increase of child infections during that period, according to the report.
New York City, New Jersey, and other states within the Northeast, where the virus peaked in March and April, had rock bottom percentage increase of kid infections, according to the report.
In total, 338,982 children have been infected, according to the report.
Not every locality where data was collected categorized children within the same age range. Most places cited within the report considered children to be people no older than 17 or 19. In Alabama, though, the regulation was 24; in Florida and Utah, the regulation was 14.
The report noted that children rarely get severely sick from Covid-19, but another report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighted how the threat from a replacement COVID-19-related condition, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C, has disproportionately affected people of color.
The C.D.C. said that from early March through late July, it received reports of 570 young people — ranging from infants to age 20 — who met the definition of MIS-C. Most of these patients were previously healthy, the report said.
About 40 percents were Hispanic or Latino; 33 percent were Black and 13 percent were white, the report said. Ten died and nearly two-thirds were admitted to medical care units, it said. Symptoms include a fever, rash, pink eye, stomach distress, confusion, bluish lips, muscle weakness, racing heart rate, and cardiac shock.