Nearly 100,000 Children Tested Positive for Coronavirus in Last Two Weeks of July

A playground is cordoned off to prevent use at a public park on Aug. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP

Almost 100,000 children in the U.S. were sickened with the coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, according to a new report.

The analysis, conducted by American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, revealed a 40 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in children between July 16 and July 30.

Surveying 49 states, New York City, Puerto Rico and Guam, the summary showed that children made up between 3 and 11 percent of total state tests. Between 3.6 and 17.8 percent of children tested positive for the virus. Not all states reported hospitalizations of children, but among those that did, children made up 0.6 percent to 3.7 percent.

States used different definitions of “child,” some saying a child is anyone 14 and younger and others adding even 24 year-olds to the group. New York did not provide state-wide age breakdowns of cases.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Ben Kesslen