Children and COVID-19: State Data Report

Children and COVID-19: State Data Report

Children accounted for 8.8 percent of the COVID-19 cases reported by forty-nine states, New York City, and Puerto Rico through the end of July, a study by the Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics finds. The report, Children and COVID-19: State Data Report (19 pages, PDF), found that of the more than 3.8 million reported cases of COVID, child cases totaled 338,982, with twenty-five states reporting child-infection rates of 10 percent or higher. The highest infection rates were found in Tennessee (16 percent of 102,871 reported cases) and Wyoming (16 percent of 2,217), while the lowest were in New Jersey (2.8 percent of 179,812) and New York City (3 percent of 221,534). According to the report, COVID diagnoses in children surged between July 16 and July 30, with 97,078 new cases reported — a 40 percent increase in two weeks — 70 percent of which were in the South and West. In addition, eighty-six child deaths from COVID were reported through July 30 in forty-four states and New York City, with twenty states reporting no child deaths, for a cumulative child mortality rate of 0.03 percent.