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These statistics are updated regularly, so please be sure to use the latest version. This was updated on Sept. 17, 2021.


Now, more than ever, kids can’t wait. Your support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is invaluable throughout this COVID-19 surge in creating the healthiest future possible for kids.

By participating in the Dance Marathon movement, you are helping CMN Hospitals address the urgent needs brought on by the pandemic, while also maintaining an exceptional standard of care and preparing for those to come. With your help, we can raise critical funds needed to change kids’ health and change the future.

Children’s hospitals are on the frontlines of the pandemic.

COVID-19 has placed an unprecedented stress on the United States’ health system. The strain on hospitals is well documented, and this is also true of local children’s hospitals urgently responding to the pandemic by taking extreme measures to ensure their buildings and equipment are kept clean, conducting vital research to prevent the spread of the virus and upgrading technology to move many appointments to a safe, virtual setting. They are on the frontline of this crisis, while also continuing to provide the high-quality, life-saving care that children need every day—but they can’t do it alone.

The cost of the above measures has affected every aspect of treatment and services offered by children’s hospitals, as employees, funds, facilities, and other resources are reallocated to meet emergency needs. And as more families lose insurance coverage due to job loss, children’s hospitals are seeing increased costs in providing uncompensated care to tens of thousands of children and families dealing with economic strife and government programs unable to fully cover the cost of caring for kids. Philanthropy is crucial to ensuring our children’s hospitals can continue to provide their services in both the short- and long-term. If there was ever a time when our local children’s hospitals needed our Dance Marathon movement, it’s now.

Nationwide, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in children continues to rise.

  • Total cases among children since start of pandemic: over 5.3 million.
  • Over 243,000 cases were added the past week, the second highest number of child cases in a week since the pandemic began.

Financial donations to children’s hospitals transform how they meet the urgent needs brought on by the pandemic, while also maintaining an exceptional standard of care and preventing and preparing for health challenges to come.

  • The changes and adjustments that resulted from the pandemic have affected every aspect of treatment and services offered by children’s hospitals, as employees, funds, facilities, and other resources are reallocated to meet emergency needs.
  • Telehealth services are in greater demand to help offset the number of in-person patients and non-English speaking populations with use of translation technology. It is expected that a $40 million investment across member hospitals is required to meet this demand.
  • Particularly during the pandemic, ongoing budget tightening has led many healthcare facilities to cut staffing levels, leaving a major imbalance in the workloads for remaining nursing staff.
  • Research & Discovery funded by CMN Hospitals: A recent study at University of Florida concluded that breast milk of lactating mothers vaccinated against COVID-19 contains a significant supply of antibodies that may help protect nursing infants, who at this age have underdeveloped immune systems.

As CMN Hospitals see increased and more severe cases of COVID-19 among children, their resources are being significantly stretched.

  • Intermountain halts non-emergent surgeries at 13 hospitals. (full story)
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center has announced that all elective surgeries that require inpatient admission will be rescheduled to Oct. 11 or later. “This is not a decision our administrative team takes lightly,” said Stan Davis, Chief Operating Officer at Cook Children’s Health Care System. “Elective surgeries are not synonymous with cosmetic or unnecessary procedures. These are children who require surgical intervention to improve their health and wellbeing. We are doing everything in our power to ensure every child who needs us is taken care of.” (full story)
  • CMN Hospitals are nearing or exceeding pediatric intensive care capacity;
  • Patty Manning-Courtney, the chief of Staff at Cincinnati Children’s added “We were significantly constrained with beds and staffing and that does impact care for everyone.” (full story)
  • Idaho public health leaders announced Tuesday that they activated “crisis standards of care” allowing health care rationing for the state’s northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. This announcement includes St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center campus, which houses St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. (full story)
  • Pediatric COVID-19 cases at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas, are at almost the same level as they were at the peak of the pandemic.
  • In preparation for a school-related surge, Children’s Hospital New Orleans has hired about 150 new nurses to start over the next few weeks, converted more hospital beds to intensive care unit beds and expanded its emergency department to hold more patients who can’t immediately be admitted.
  • Kentucky Children’s hospital (part of UK Healthcare) has taken numerous steps to manage COVID volume, including patient relocation and delay of reduction of elective surgeries.
  • Hospitals are now also tackling general COVID-19 misinformation by offering community education sessions – whether a Q&A hosted online or virtual classes for new parents, specialists and doctors are leading these conversations in addition to daily patient care.

While hospitalizations and deaths among kids with COVID-19 remain low, children and their families are being affected directly and indirectly by this pandemic.

  • We can’t change their diagnosis, but together we can change their future.
  • Nationwide, children’s hospitals are reporting an increase in mental health needs among children and adolescents. Some have declared state of emergencies like Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Member hospitals have had to implement stricter visitation protocols to maintain social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential lack of some preventative care (vaccines, well child checkups, etc.) could have long-term detrimental effects on communities at large.

How we can help:

The ripple effects of COVID-19 will affect every aspect of treatment and services offered by children’s hospitals. When we fund children’s hospitals, we transform how we meet the most urgent needs, saving more lives and protecting our collective future.  The reality is: Kids Can’t Wait. They need children’s hospitals now more than ever.

Dance Marathon is a movement full of creative solutions, groundbreaking ideas, and unwavering commitment to the cause. This is our time, together with Dance Marathon students and community members all over the country, to step up and change kids’ health and change the future.