These 6 States Are Seeing the Biggest COVID Spikes in Kids

Coronavirus seems to be affecting kids more and more lately, but in these states in particular.

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There is no more controversial topic right now in the U.S. than whether or not it's safe to reopen schools as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country. Now, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association is sounding alarms on the subject. According to their research, 97,000 children tested positive for COVID in the U.S. in the last two weeks of July. By the middle of the month, there were 242,000 cases of COVID in kids in the U.S. That means the last two weeks of July saw COVID spike 40 percent among kids.

States in the Sun Belt, where the virus has been wreaking havoc for the past two months, accounted for more than 7 out of 10 of those new COVID cases in kids. But, The New York Times notes, six states in particular had alarming COVID spikes in children. Ranked from bad to worse, these are the states with the biggest percent increase of COVID infections in kids during the last two weeks in July. And for more spots in the U.S. to be concerned about, check out Here's When Your State Will Have to Shut Down Again.

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Nevada

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There was a 67 percent spike in coronavirus cases among kids in Nevada between July 16 and July 30. Mid-month, there were 2,929 pediatric cases. And by the end of July, there were 4,892. And if you want to keep yourself and your little ones safe, avoid these 24 Things You're Doing Every Day That Put You at COVID Risk.

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Idaho

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Idaho saw a 70 percent increase in children with COVID between July 16 (1,005 cases) and July 30 (1,713 cases). And for more on Idaho's COVID situation, check out There Are 3 New States on the White House's Coronavirus "Red Zone" List.

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Montana

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Over the course of the last two weeks of July, Montana's COVID case count in children skyrocketed 71 percent, from 258 on July 16 to 440 on July 30.

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Oklahoma

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In Oklahoma as of July 16, there were 2,191 cases of COVID among kids. But by July 30, that number had climbed to 3,842 cases, a 75 percent spike. And for more on Oklahoma's handling of the virus, check out These 4 States"Refused to Comply" With the White House's COVID Advice.

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Alaska

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As of July 16, Alaska had 217 cases of coronavirus in kids. By July 30, the state had 399, representing a startling 84 percent increase.

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Missouri

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The Show-Me State had 2,818 reported COVID cases in kids on July 16 and 5,205 by July 30, which is the worst spike nationwide at 85 percent. And for more up-to-date coronavirus information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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