More than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, according to a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

The report said in those weeks, a 40 percent increase in child cases occurred across the states and cities in the study. The study had varying age ranges for children, with some states capping the age group at 14 while Alabama counts those as old as 24.

At least 86 children have died as a result of the coronavirus since May, according to the academy, CNN reported.

The report comes amid a national debate over whether schools can safely resume in-person instruction this fall, with the Trump administration arguing that it can be done “in a way that’s safe and sensible.”

As of Monday, the United States had more than 5 million coronavirus cases, including roughly 163,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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