Between November 11 and 18, a total of 141,905 children tested positive for COVID-19, according to the AAP, representing 25.1% of all cases reported that week.
The number of pediatric COVID-19 cases this week was an increase of about 32% from the seven-day period that ended on November 4. This week, about 107,000 children have tested positive for the virus, according to the AAP.
The seven-day period ending Nov. 18 marked the 15th consecutive week in which more than 100,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19, the AAP noted.
Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 6.8 million children have tested positive for the coronavirus, representing 16.9% of all reported cases since the virus first entered the United States .
Recorded spike in pediatric COVID-19 cases comes as the United States begins to roll out vaccines to children ages 5 to 11, after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyWatch Live: White House COVID-19 Response Team Holds Media Briefing Gottlieb says he expects CDC to consider “fully vaccinated” by including boosters COVID- cases 19 increase with ongoing Thanksgiving gatherings MORE Earlier this month, we approved a recommendation from agency counselors approving Pfizer-BioNTech injections for children in this age group.
The White House announced last week that about 10% of children ages 5 to 11 will have received their first COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of being eligible.
In total, about 8,300 American children in this age group had been hospitalized with COVID-19 as of the end of October, according to CDC data cited by the New York Times, and at least 172 had died.
These deaths represent roughly 0.02% of the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, which by then exceeded 770,000. In the United States, more than 3.2 million people of all ages have been hospitalized across the country.