BREAKING NEWS – Washington, D.C. – CDC Director Rochelle Walensky clarified that the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 is nowhere close to the statistic put forth by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while noting that Americans can still work to reduce hospitalization by getting vaccinated.
Speaking with “Fox News Sunday,” Walensky provided an update on the current numbers, confirming to host Bret Baier that there are fewer than 3,500 children in hospitals with COVID-19.
During oral arguments in a case involving the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees, Sotomayor brought up children suffering during the pandemic, pulling out a number that earned her four “Pinocchios” from the Washington Post’s fact-checker.
“We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators,” Sotomayor said. That figure is dramatically higher than the figure Walensky provided.
Sotomayor later revised her number changing it to 100,004, alleging that her sources confirm that all four Pinocchios caught Covid too.