The latest increase in new child COVID-19 cases seems to be picking up steam, rising by 50% in the last week, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
The new-case count was over 93,000 for the week of May 6-12, compared with 62,000 the previous week. That 50% week-to-week change follows increases of 17%, 44%, 12%, and 28% since the nationwide weekly total fell to its low point for the year (25,915) in the beginning of April, the AAP and CHA said in their weekly COVID report.
Regionally, the distribution of those 93,000 COVID cases was fairly even. The Northeast, which saw the biggest jump for the week, and the Midwest were both around 25,000 new cases, while the South had about 20,000 and the West was lowest with 18,000 or so. At the state/territory level, the largest percent increases over the last 2 weeks were found in Maine and Puerto Rico, with Massachusetts and Vermont just a step behind, the AAP/CHA data show.
In cumulative terms, there have been over 13.1 million cases of COVID-19 among children in the United States, with pediatric cases representing 19.0% of all cases since the pandemic began, the two organizations reported. They also noted a number of important limitations: New York state has never reported cases by age, several states have stopped updating their online dashboards, and states apply a variety of age ranges to define children (Alabama has the smallest range, 0-14 years; South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia the largest, 0-20).
By comparison, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the total number of cases in children aged 0-17 at 12.7 million, although that figure is based on a cumulative number of 73.4 million cases among all ages, which is well short of the reported total of almost 82.4 million as of May 16. COVID cases in children have led to 1,536 deaths so far, the CDC said.
The recent upward trend in new cases also can be seen in the CDC’s data, which show the weekly rate rising from 35 per 100,000 population on March 26 to 102 per 100,000 on May 7 in children aged 0-14 years, with commensurate increases seen among older children over the same period. In turn, the rate of new admissions for children aged 0-17 has gone from a low of 0.13 per 100,000 as late as April 10 up to 0.23 on May 13, the CDC said on its COVID Data Tracker.
One thing not going up these days is vaccinations among the youngest eligible children. The number of 5- to 11-year-olds receiving their initial dose was down to 40,000 for the week of May 5-11, the fewest since the vaccine was approved for that age group. For a change of pace, the number increased among children aged 12-17, as 37,000 got initial vaccinations that week, compared with 29,000 a week earlier, the AAP said in its weekly vaccination report.
This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.
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