State-level reports are the best publicly available data on confirmed child COVID-19 cases in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics is collecting and sharing all publicly available data from states on child COVID-19 cases (see report Appendix for links to all data sources).
On June 18, the age distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases was reported on the health department websites of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. While children represented only 6.2% of all confirmed cases in states reporting cases by age, over 116,000 children were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.
A smaller subset of states reported on hospitalizations and mortality by age, but the available data indicated that COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children.
At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children. However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 confirmed cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age so that the effects of COVID-19 on children’s health can continue to be documented and monitored.
Summary of Findings Reported on 6/18/20:
116,176 total confirmed child COVID-19 cases reported
Children represented 6.2% (116,176/1,885,905) of all available confirmed cases
Overall rate: 162 confirmed cases per 100,000 children in the population
- In 7 states reporting, children made up between 5.2%-11.0% of total state tests
- In 19 states and NYC, children were 0.7%-3.3% of total reported hospitalizations
- In 42 states and NYC, children were 0%-0.6% of all COVID-19 deaths; 24 states reported zero child deaths
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