News Outlet Corrects False Claim That Thousands of Kids Hospitalized With COVID-19 in 1 Week

A Texas news outlet on Thursday issued a correction after falsely reporting that thousands of children were hospitalized in the state in a single week with COVID-19. The Texas Tribune claimed that over 5,800 children were hospitalized during one week in August. The outlet cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in making the claim. However, the outlet acknowledged it interpreted the information wrongly. “That number correctly referred to children hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. In actuality, 783 children were admitted to Texas hospitals with COVID-19 between July 1 and Aug. 9 of this year,” the Tribune said. Its correction said that an earlier version of the story “overstated the number of children who have been hospitalized in Texas recently with COVID-19.” Before it was corrected, the false claim was spread by Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. Steve Krakauer, a media critic, noted that Rubin and some …

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