Pediatric COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations soar
At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations, according to an NBC News analysis. Nationwide, as of this weekend, the 7-day average of pediatric COVID-19 admissions had hit a pandemic peak of 1,354 a day.
Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C., have all reached new highs in pediatric hospitalizations.
According to the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more than 325,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported from Dec 23 to Dec 30, a 64% increase from the previous week.
“COVID-19 cases among US children have reached the highest case count ever reported since the start of the pandemic,” the AAP said.