Pediatric coronavirus cases have spiked across the nation as schools prepare to reopen their doors for a new academic year, according to a report.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatric COVID-19 cases flew past 250,000 for the week ending Sept. 2 — the first time that many cases have been recorded since the pandemic began.
The Washington Post reported that more than a quarter of all cases that week were among kids and teens.
Almost 2,400 of those infections required hospitalization, the outlet reported.
Officials have attributed the sudden rise in pediatric cases to the highly transmissible delta variant.
Kids 12 and over are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine and half of those kids up to 15 years old have gotten at least one shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control