Understanding COVKID Measures
and Data Sources
COVID-19 Identified Cases are the cumulative number of children and teens who have tested positive for novel coronavirus. These data are collected from state health department websites every 3rd day. Case data are reported for 49 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. Currently New York State does not report COVID-19 case counts by age.
COVID-19 Reported Deaths are the cumulative number of child deaths reported by state health departments. Some states do not report COVID-19 deaths by age. We also include deaths reported by creditable news agencies.
COVID-19 Intensive Care Hospitalizations are the cumulative number of children ever admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for COVID-19. These data are collected from a voluntary PICU hospital registry (myvps.org). Not every PICU in the nation participates in the registry, so these counts are an underestimate.
Estimated Number Ever Infected with Novel Coronavirus. These estimates are calculated using the PICU hospitalization data, based on a methodology developed by the COVKID Project Team and published in a peer-reviewed scientific article on April 10, 2020.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Identified Cases. Cumulative counts of identified cases are reported by race and Hispanic ethnicity for the few states that make these data publicly available.
Technical Notes Log
July 24: We draw our counts of children admitted to PICU from the COVID-19 dashboard administered by myvps.org. Last night, VPS updated their dashboard with current new patient counts AND with substantial upward revisions to the counts for many past days. Consequently, the regional PICU patient curves which we posted earlier this week are now incorrect. We have pulled all of these charts. The current national trend chart is correct, and will continue to update this graphic. The current regional cumulative counts are also correct. However, because the shape of the curve keeps changing every time VPS revises hospital data for past days and weeks, we cannot commit to keeping the regional charts updated and correct.