ITASCA, Ill. – Nearly 100,000 children in the United States tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the final two weeks of July, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
The report said that 97,078 new child cases of COVID-19 were reported between July 16-30, which marked a 40% increase in known new child cases in the U.S. within that time frame. About 7 in 10 of those new cases were reported in states across the South and West, regions that experienced a sharp spike in new cases during the months of June and July following decisions to reopen bars and other businesses.
The age ranges for children in the report varied by state. Utah and Florida defined children as those up to age 14, while Alabama reported children as individuals up to age 24. Most states classified children as younger than 19.