Nearly 100K kids tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks of July

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Posted at 9:02 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 09:02:39-04

(WXYZ) — Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Related: COVID-19 cases in Michigan between ages 0-19 have nearly doubled in 3 weeks

According to the report, 97,078 kids tested positive for coronavirus between July 16 and July 30, which is nearly 1/3 of the total confirmed cases of children in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.

The report found that around 338,000 children tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began. Over the last two weeks of July, the number of positive tests increased 40%.

According to the report, the academy looked at state numbers that were considered children. The age ranges vary by state, and in Michigan, it includes anyone 19 and younger, but the state recently started reporting age groups 0-9 and 10-19. In Alabama, the report found child cases included anyone 24 and younger.

It comes as school districts in many states, including Michigan, are determining whether or not to resume in-person classes.

The states with the largest increase include Alaska, Idaho, Missouri, Montana and Oklahoma.

Michigan still had one of the lowest number of total COVID-19 cases for children, ranking 41st of the 50 states and New York City. As of Sunday, there are 1,439 cases for children between the ages of 0-9 and 5,170 cases between the ages of 10-19.

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