In all, 82,842 COVID-positive children 17 and younger have been admitted to the hospital since Aug. 1, 2020, according to CDC data.
The most recent data available as of Sotomayor’s remark showed 3,342 children were currently hospitalized for confirmed COVID-19, according to federal data. That number rises to 4,652 children if suspected coronavirus cases are included.
Both figures represent less than 5% of the number Sotomayor cited.
At the time when Soytmayor made the claim many of the children cited in the report were not admitted because of the virus and only tested positive once they were admitted.
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At the time she made this comment, federal data showed that fewer than 5,000 coronavirus-positive children were in the hospital. In fact, fewer than 83,000 children have been hospitalized for COVID-19 — cumulatively — since August 2020.
Matter of fact, just a few weeks later the CDC reduced its estimation of pediatric deaths due to the coronavirus by 24%. The CDC reported that children accounted for 0.26% of all coronavirus deaths and even that number isn’t final because the department is estimating; they don’t have a hard number.
The claim made by the Supreme Court Justice was so far out there that even Biden’s CDC director was forced to correct her.
SOTOMAYOR: “Over 100,000 children” are hospitalized due to COVID, with “many on ventilators”
BRET BAIER: “The number’s not 100,000. It’s roughly 3,500 in hospitals now?”