More than 61,000 children were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week throughout the United States.
According to the Children’s Hospital Association, a record number of children tested positive for the virus, the New York Post reports.
The report shows that from October 22 to October 29, 61,447 children tested positive. Since the pandemic began, 853,635 children have contracted COVID-19, which consists of 11% of all United States cases.
The percentage of pediatric cases had risen steadily since mid-April when children accounted for just 2% of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“This is a stark reminder of the impact this pandemic is having on everyone — including our children and adolescents,” Dr. Sally Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in a statement.
The report found that children accounted for less than 3.5% of the current COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of October 29, a total of 121 children had died.
Over the weekend, an eighth-grader tragically lost his life due to COVID-19 complications.
Peyton Baumgarth attended school in the School District of Washington, Missouri. The family of the 13-year-old boy told the school district that he passed away from complications of COVID-19.
The district has informed parents that they will have additional counselors available at the middle school when students return.
"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Peyton Baumgarth, an eighth grade student at Washington Middle School. We have been informed by his family that he passed away due to complications of COVID-19 over the weekend. Peyton’s last day of attendance was Thursday, October 22. We were informed he was quarantined on Monday, October 26. Later his family shared that he eventually began experiencing symptoms that required hospitalization but he did not improve.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and ask that the public respects their privacy. His family deserves nothing less. The family also asks that we all remember to wear masks, wash hands frequently and follow guidelines. COVID-19 is real and they want to remind students and parents to take these precautions in and outside of school. Because we know this will impact our school community emotionally, we encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepare to offer support to your child(ren) during this difficult time.
Please know that we will have additional counselors available on Wednesday when students return to the middle school. The school administration and counseling staff will be working to provide the most appropriate support to the family, student body, and the entire staff. Should you have questions as to how to help your child(ren), please contact a teacher, counselor or administrator."
- THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON