LOS ANGELES – Recent data from a joint report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found more than 74,000 new coronavirus cases in children since early August.
The report found that between Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, the total number of cases of COVID-19 in children in the U.S. increased by 21%.
The data was compiled by the health department websites of 49 states, and children represented more than 9% of all cases. More than 442,000 children have tested positive for the coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic, according to the report.
“At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children,” authors of the report said. “However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can be documented and monitored.”
Hundreds of students were forced to quarantine earlier this month as school districts nationwide attempted to reopen despite surges in the disease in several states.
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And in July, the U.S. saw a jump in coronavirus cases in children by 40%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, who also reported that 86 children died from the disease in the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report covering illnesses mid-February to mid-July, in which they found that nearly 600 children have been hospitalized in the United States with a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the novel coronavirus during the pandemic.
The agency found that as of July 29, a total of 570 child patients were diagnosed with MIS-C, according to state health departments across the country. The CDC also found that all MIS-C patients had tested positive for the coronavirus, and 10 died.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.