Nearly 72,000 cases of Covid-19 were reported on children and teens last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Tuesday.
The group counted 71,726 new cases from July 22 to 29. That is a “substantial” increase from the week before and five times as many kids who were sick at the end of June. The definition of a child varies by state, but generally includes those up to age 17 or 18.
After decreases in reported cases over the past couple of months, the July numbers started trending upward again.
Nearly 4.2 million kids have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Children and teens represent 19% of the reported cases.
At this time, it still appears that severe illness is rare among children, the academy, which represents pediatricians, said. The number of hospitalizations has remained steady through much of the pandemic. Children accounted for 1.3% to 3.5% of the hospitalizations, depending on the state.
Seven states have reported no child deaths from Covid-19 during the pandemic. As of Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 526 deaths among children ages 0-17.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the number of Covid-19 cases reported in children and teens last week. It was nearly 72,000.