AAP Reports Biggest One-Week Jump in Child COVID-19 Cases
61,000 new cases reported in children in the one-week period ending Oct. 29, 2020, representing largest increase during pandemic
THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The highest one-week increase in child COVID-19 cases was seen for the week ending Oct. 29, 2020, according to a report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
A report from the AAP and Children's Hospital Association summarized data on COVID-19 cases in children from state-level reports available on Oct. 29, 2020. Age distributions of COVID-19 cases were provided by 49 states, New York City, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.
According to the report, as of Oct. 29, 2020, there were 853,635 total child COVID-19 cases (cumulative), representing 11.1 percent of all available cases. The overall rate was 1,134 cases per 100,000 children in the population. In the one-week period ending Oct. 29, 2020, there were 61,447 new cases in children, representing a larger increase than any previous week. From Oct. 15 to 29, 2020, there was a 15 percent increase with 111,744 new child cases. Children represented 0 to 0.20 percent of all COVID-19 deaths; no child deaths were reported in 16 states.
"Not only are children feeling the direct effects of the virus and becoming ill, but the pandemic has transformed their lives at critical stages of development and education," Sally Goza, M.D., president of the AAP, said in a statement. "I'm very concerned about the long-term harms that children may suffer, particularly Black and Hispanic children, who are suffering a higher number of infections. This includes not only children who test positive for the virus, but everyone in these communities who are suffering disproportionate emotional and mental health harms."