Understanding COVKID Measures
and Data Sources
Updated July 2022

  1. COVID-19 Identified Cases are the cumulative number of children and adolescents who have tested positive for novel coronavirus. These data are collected from state health department websites every Friday. Case data are reported for 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Age ranges reported vary by state. The majority of states report cases for 0-19 years. Many states report cases of 0-17 years. Two states (WY and RI) report cases for 0-18 years. Three states (SC, TN, WV) report cases for 0-20 years.

  2. COVID-19 Reported Deaths are the cumulative number of child and adolescent deaths reported by the National Center for Health Statistics. These are deaths for which the death certificate lists COVID-19 as either the underlying cause of death or a contributing cause of death.

  3. COVID-19 Hospitalizations are obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 hospitalization dataset. New pediatric admissions, new admissions of adolescents aged 18-19 years, and current number of children hospitalized are required to be reported by hospitals in the United States on a daily basis.

  4. COVID-19 Vaccination Rates These estimates are derived from the state-level vaccination datafile which is updated by CDC on daily basis.