According to a recent analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, there has been a 90 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among children in the United States over the last four weeks.
The analysis was based on state-level data between July 9 and August 6. Although the available data showed a significant increase in the number of cumulative cases among children, it also indicated that hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 is uncommon in children.
Arkansas had a 5,883 cumulative COVID-19 cases among children on August 6, representing 12.7 percent of the state’s cumulative number of cases at that time which was 46,293.
Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero pointed out that the number of cases among those below the age of 18 are going down in the state.
“Now I need to state the testing numbers for that period of time, but we are not seeing those large increases,” he said. “Our number of children was attributed to that total analysis, so our analysis from yesterday does not support that we are seeing an increase in this.”