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COVID-19–related pediatric hospitalizations in 22 states with available data were analyzed from May 15, 2020, through November 15, 2020. In these 22 states, there were a total of 301,102 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 5364 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations. The average cumulative hospitalization rate per 100,000 children in May was 2.0, increasing to 17.2 by November. There was considerable variation in state experience; Utah experienced a 5067% increase compared with a 42% increase in New Hampshire.
Children are at risk of severe disease and hospitalization related to COVID-19. Providers should continue to follow all recommended precautions with adult and child populations.
While early evidence and experience with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) suggests that children are less susceptible to infection and have a lower risk for symptomatic and severe disease, pediatric patients are not immune from the virus. We examined pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization trends in 22 states for indications of both severity among this population and spread of the virus.