New York is the only US state not to release data on childhood coronavirus


NEW YORK, NY – As families and school districts struggle to send children back to class, people are looking for all the available data they can find to help them make their last minute decisions. One of the reports that garnered attention this week came from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, which showed a 40% increase in coronavirus cases among children nationwide over the years. last two weeks of July.Childhood cases made up a smaller percentage of the state total in just four states and New York as of July 30. Overall, children accounted for about 9 percent of all cases in the country at the end of July, with a rate of 447. per 100,000 children.

As the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in children climbed to 338,982, nearly 100,000 children tested positive from July 16 to July 30.

In addition, children made up between 3% and 11% of total condition tests, and between around 4% and 18% of children tested returned positive.

Twenty states and New York City have reported seeing rates of hospitalization among children. Children made up between 0.6% and about 4% of reported COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the report. Between 0.6% and about 9% of all childhood coronavirus cases have resulted in hospitalization.

Forty-four states and New York City reported data on child deaths. In these regions, children accounted for between 0% and 0.8% of all deaths from COVID-19, with 20 of them reporting no child deaths. In reporting states, between 0% and 0.3% of all cases of COVID-19 in children resulted in death

State-level reports are the best publicly available data on cases of COVID-19 in children, according to the report.

All states except one provided an age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases, with 44 also showing the age distribution of deaths. Twenty states provided an age distribution of hospitalizations and eight provided an age distribution for testing.

While parents, teachers and students in states such as Massachusetts and New Jersey can focus on the childhood coronavirus situation in their state, New Yorkers cannot.

New York is the only state that did not provide a statewide age distribution of cases, unlike New York. Texas, it should be noted, provided an age breakdown for only 8% of its cases.

The state’s website said 1% of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19 were under the age of 20. It is still unclear what kind of long-term complications children may have as a result of COVID-19.

When Patch asked the health ministry for the statewide age distribution of cases, the health department press office said that information was not publicly available.

“The New York State Department of Health is working to respond to requests for information regarding all aspects of our broad response,” the office wrote in an email Wednesday.

The publicly available data included figures on childhood inflammatory disease linked to COVID-19, as well as the state’s coronavirus tracking.

The State Department of Health is investigating 246 reported cases and 2 deaths in children – mostly of school age – who presented with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Of the children who exhibited symptoms, 94% tested positive for COVID-19.

Age of cases (from Monday)

  • Less than a year: 7 percent
  • 1-4: 26 percent
  • 5-9: 28 percent
  • 10-14: 23 percent
  • 15-19: 13 percent
  • 20-21: 2 percent

Case by race (updated Monday)

  • White: 22 percent
  • Black: 31 percent
  • Other: 19 percent
  • Asian: 3 percent
  • Unknown: 24 percent

Cases by ethnicity

  • Not Hispanic: 45 percent
  • Hispanic / Latino: 34 percent
  • Unknown: 21 percent

National report arrives at the 11th hour for New York school districts, which must submit final return to learning plans at the end of the week.

As New York parents give their opinion on the plans, the New York State United Teachers Union recently passed a resolution demanding what it called a “responsible plan” to reopen schools.

“While the value of in-person teaching is undeniable, the safety and well-being of students and staff is paramount,” the union said. “Schools need to be safe havens for students; we must not allow them to become environments conducive to the spread of the COVID-19 virus ”.


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