Cases of COVID-19 in children are increasing across the country, report finds

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Baystateparent Magazine

While children represent only 11.1% of all coronavirus cases in the United States, that number is steadily growing, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. A look at its findings:

  • Over 61,000 new child COVID-19 cases were reported this week – the highest since the pandemic began.
  • Nearly 200,000 new child COVID-19 cases were reported from Oct. 1 to Oct. 29.
  • Over 853,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.

Forty-nine states, New York City, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam provided age distributions of reported cases. Texas reported age distribution for only 6% of cases, Massachusetts only reported cases added in the past two weeks, and the state of New York does not provide age distribution.