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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inaccurately claimed “over 100,000 children” are “in serious condition” because of COVID-19, sparking a rare fact-check of the Obama-appointed judge as some accused her of spreading misinformation.
Sotomayor made the remarks on Jan. 7 while hearing lawsuits that were filed against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate that would force private businesses with 100 or more workers to require them to be tested weekly or get the vaccine.
“We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators,” she said.
However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when Sotomayor made those comments, fewer than 83,000 children aged 17 and under have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since August 2020.
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