Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

January 12, 2021

Trends in Pediatric Hospitalizations for Coronavirus Disease 2019



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Rates of pediatric hospitalization for COVID-19 showed significant variation across 22 states from May to November 2020. In May, Hawaii and Rhode Island had the lowest pediatric hospitalization rates (0 per 100,000) while New Jersey and Colorado had the highest (5 and 4.4 per 100,000 children, respectively). In November, Hawaii and New Hampshire had the lowest rates (4.3 and 3.4 per 100,000 respectively) and South Dakota and Arizona had the highest rates (33.7 and 32.8 per 100,000 respectively). Significant variation between states in the magnitude of change was also observed. For instance, Utah experienced the most significant growth within 3 months, from 0.3 to 15.5 per 100,000 (5,067% increase), while New Hampshire only saw a 42% increase (from 2.4 to 3.4 per 100,000) in the same time period.

Levin et al. (Jan 11, 2021). Trends in Pediatric Hospitalizations for Coronavirus Disease 2019. JAMA Pediatrics.