CDC Director Rochelle Walensky contradicted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's incorrect claim that there are 100,000 pediatric COVID hospitalizations on Sunday.
Justice Sotomayor, a liberal Associate Justice appointed by former president Obama, exaggerated the number of severe COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among children as she attempted to convince conservative Supreme Court justices that President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses should be enforced.
'We have over 100,000 children, which we've never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators,' Sotomayor said on Friday.
Walensky contradicted Sotomayor's claim during a segment of Fox News Sunday.
'The number is not 100,000. It's roughly 3500 in hospitals now?' asked host Bret Baier.
'Yes. In fact, what I will say is, while pediatric hospitalizations are rising, they're still about 15 fold less than hospitalizations of our older age or age demographic,' Walinsky answered.
Sotomayor's egregious miscalculation - which can be easily debunked with data reported by the CDC - follows her overly-cautious response to the pandemic, with her choosing to join Friday's hearing virtually.
As of January 8, the number of hospitalization in children in the US is roughly 5,000, while the number of such hospitalizations has not surpassed the 84,000 cumulative since August, 2020.
In the US, COVID-19 deaths are declining, even as Omicron cases have jumped to staggering numbers. The country currently reports more than 59.8 million infections, while the seven-day average for deaths is at just above 1,500 - a decrease from September.
While pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the US have reached the highest case count ever reported since the start of the pandemic, the Associate Justice's false claim exaggerated figures more than 20 times. DailyMail