MMWR News Synopsis Friday, June 4, 2021
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Hospitalization of Adolescents Aged 12–17 Years with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1, 2020–April 24, 2021
Early Release / June 4, 2021 / 70
Fiona P. Havers, MD1; Michael Whitaker, MPH1; Julie L. Self, PhD1; Shua J. Chai, MD2,3; Pam Daily Kirley, MPH2; Nisha B. Alden, MPH4; Breanna Kawasaki, MPH4; James Meek, MPH5; Kimberly Yousey-Hindes, MPH5; Evan J. Anderson, MD6,7,8; Kyle P. Openo, DrPH7,9; Andrew Weigel, MSW10; Kenzie Teno, MPH10; Maya L. Monroe, MPH11; Patricia A. Ryan, MS11; Libby Reeg, MPH12; Alexander Kohrman, MPH12; Ruth Lynfield, MD13; Kathryn Como-Sabetti, MPH13; Mayvilynne Poblete, MPH14; Chelsea McMullen, MS15; Alison Muse, MPH16; Nancy Spina, MPH16; Nancy M. Bennett, MD17; Maria Gaitán17; Laurie M. Billing, MPH18; Jess Shiltz, MPH18; Melissa Sutton, MD19; Nasreen Abdullah, MD19; William Schaffner, MD20; H. Keipp Talbot, MD20; Melanie Crossland, MPH21; Andrea George, MPH21; Kadam Patel, MPH1,22; Huong Pham, MPH1; Jennifer Milucky, MSPH1; Onika Anglin, MPH1,22; Dawud Ujamaa, MS1,22; Aron J. Hall, DVM1; Shikha Garg, MD1,23; Christopher A. Taylor, PhD1; COVID-NET Surveillance Team (
What is already known about this topic?
Most COVID-19–associated hospitalizations occur in adults, but severe disease occurs in all age groups, including adolescents aged 12–17 years.
What is added by this report?
COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March, and rose to 1.3 in April. Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation; no associated deaths occurred.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Recent increased hospitalization rates in spring 2021 and potential for severe disease reinforce the importance of continued COVID-19 prevention measures, including vaccination and correct and consistent mask wearing among persons not fully vaccinated or when required.