Florida Sees Highest Rate of Children Hospitalized With COVID in U.S.

Florida is experiencing the highest rate of children hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.S.

According to data from the CovKid project, which uses COVID-19 hospitalization numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of August 7, Florida is reporting 8.1 children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in Florida is the highest in the nation, according to the data.

Data from the project also shows that over the past seven days, Florida has reported 341 new hospital admissions among those aged 17 and younger, the most in the U.S.

Florida is also reporting the highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations among those ages 18 and 19. According to the data, as of August 7, Florida reported 20.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in that age group.

According to the data, as of August 7, the U.S. reported 2.2 children hospitalized with COVID-10 per 100,000 residents.

While the data shows that Florida is reporting the highest rate of children hospitalized with COVID-19, the federal government's hospital capacity data shows that Texas is seeing the highest total number of children hospitalized with the virus.

As of August 11, healthdata.gov showed that Texas had 259 total pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the most in the U.S., while Florida followed with 194.

While speaking with the Miami Herald this week, Dr. Ronald Ford, chief medical officer for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, said: "The rate of rise has been really more than what we in the children's hospital have seen at any point in time in this pandemic....That to me is concerning."

"In our previous iteration of the pandemic, it was more they're positive but they're not sick or minimally sick," Ford told the Herald. "This is different....There's a much higher percentage of pediatric patients becoming infected and symptomatic."

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Florida, a recent report from a local Florida news station found that the state recently requested numerous ventilators from the federal government.

ABC News affiliate Local 10 recently obtained a planning document from the Department of Health and Human Services which showed that Florida requested 300 ventilators from the federal government last week.

Despite the report, Governor Ron DeSantis told the local news station that had not heard about the request and said he would have to check and see if it's true.

"I would honestly doubt that that's true, but I'll look," DeSantis told WPLG. "We have a lot of stuff that we stockpiled over the last year and a half through the department of emergency management. I have not had any requests across my desk. I haven't been notified of that."

Newsweek reached out to the Florida Department of Health for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Florida is seeing the highest rate of children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in the nation. Above, cars line up for COVID-19 testing in Miami on August 3, 2020. Chandan Khanna/Getty