More Than 1.1M Children Diagnosed with COVID in One Week
Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that more than 1.1 million children were diagnosed with COVID-19 between January 14-20.
The number marks a 17% increase over the previous week, in which 981,000 cases were reported.
“As we approach the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, cases of COVID-19 among children and adolescents are the highest they have ever been,” said Dr. Moira Szilagyi, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“These numbers are staggering.”
The figures are from the Children and COVID-19: State Data Report, updated every Monday by AAP and the Children’s Hospital Association.
Since the pandemic started, more than 10.6 million children have tested positive for COVID. More than 2 million of those cases were added in the past two weeks, according to the two organizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to agency data, more than 80% of the U.S. population ages 5 and older have received at least one dose, and 67.5% are fully vaccinated.