- Infant mortality from COVID rose 140% from late July to early September, Politico first reported.
- COVID cases are down from early summer, but children account for about a quarter of new weekly cases.
- Health experts are worried about COVID cases of children and deaths rising in the fall as schools resume session.
Florida’s response to COVID-19 took a hit this week as the number of COVID-related child deaths in Florida more than doubled in just over a month, according to data from the Florida Department of Health .
A weekly report from the Florida Department of Health showed that seven children under the age of 16 died from complications from the coronavirus from the start of the pandemic to July 30 – a period of 15 months. According to the ministry last report from September 3, the number rose to 17 deaths since July 30.
Although the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said most of these deaths were linked to underlying health conditions, the sharp increase worries pediatric experts and uncertain about the COVID variant. Delta in the coming months.
“We’re all worried because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” said AAP Florida President Lisa Gwynn, according to Politico.
The AAP did not immediately respond to Insider’s request to comment further on the increase in child mortality or morbidity rates per post.
Since September 8, the CDC reported a national total of 486 deaths among children aged 0-18.
“Children are not supposed to die,” Dr Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a tense hearing in the US Senate in July on a damning statistic on COVID child deaths.
Meanwhile, cases of COVID in children across the United States are on the rise as students return to school. In August, days of a new school year, thousands of students across the country have been forced into self-quarantine after the reopening of schools and the increase in the number of cases in children. Several schools in the state have already announced closures in response to the increase in numbers. Pediatric hospitalizations also hit a record high last month, with 1,900 children hospitalized for COVID.
As of September 2, those 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, but immunization coverage in children ages 12 to 17 is lower than in older groups, the CDC said.
“After declining at the start of the summer, children’s cases have increased exponentially, with more than 750,000 cases added between August 5 and September 2,” he added. AAP said in a report, which accounts for a quarter of new weekly COVID cases.
It comes as GOP governors like Florida’s Ron Desantis continue to fight individual school districts on the orders of masks in schools. A judge ruled in August that Desantis could not ban masks, which was confirmed Wednesday by a court decision, allowing school districts to continue to impose a mask mandate. However, the decision was overturned when an appeals court ruled in favor of the governor’s ban. Friday. The US Department of Education opened a civil rights investigation mask bans in six states, including Florida.