Over 70,000 Children Diagnosed With COVID Since Early August

More than 70,000 children have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus since early August, according to newly released data.

A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association shows 74,160 new cases of coronavirus among children from August 6 to August 20. According to the report, this is an increase of 21 percent in cases over the past two weeks.

Cumulatively, there are currently at least 442,785 cases among children with eight states reporting cumulative case counts over 15,000, according to the study.

In regard to hospitalizations, between 0.2 percent and 8.6 percent of children diagnosed with coronavirus were hospitalized. "At this time, it appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children," the report said.

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People wearing masks play baseball in Prospect Park as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 17, 2020 in New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

The increase in cases among children comes as states across the U.S. wrestle with schools reopening.

In Florida, cases among children increased by nearly 9,000 in a two-week span, as many schools in the state began reopening. A pediatric report released on August 25 by the Florida Department of Health showed 48,730 confirmed cases among children under the age of 18. Schools in Florida were required to reopen for in-person classes under a directive from Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, but a judge recently ruled in favors of a teacher's union that sued Corcoran, saying that the order violated the state's constitution.

An entire fourth grade-class in Mississippi was forced to quarantine and move to online-only learning after multiple teachers tested positive for coronavirus. Adam Pugh, Superintendent of the Lafayette County told The Associated Press that 200 students were told to quarantine after a majority of students were exposed.

Additionally, several colleges across the country have faced reopening hurdles due to the virus. Syracuse University recently suspended 23 students for attending a large social gathering on the school's campus. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Notre Dame reversed their reopening plans and moved to virtual classes after spikes in cases among students.

After over 500 students, faculty and staff tested positive at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox ordered all bars in the city to close down for two weeks, hoping to mitigate the spread.

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, has continued to spread throughout the U.S. According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, there are currently over 5.8 million cases and at least 179,743 deaths in the country.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.