Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Gave Inaccurate COVID Numbers, Fact-Checkers Say

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Gave Inaccurate COVID Numbers, Fact-Checkers Say

(USNewsMag.com) – On January 7, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate cases. During the arguments, Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a claim about COVID-19 that caused fact-checkers to call her out.

The justice claimed there are more than “100,000 children” hospitalized with the coronavirus. Not only did she claim the kids were in the hospital, but she also said many of them are “in serious condition, and many on ventilators.” The problem with the justice’s claim is it just isn’t true.

Politifact pointed out there’s no data to support what Sotomayor said. From August 1, 2020, until now, there have been 82,842 COVID-19 positive kids ages 17 and younger. When the justice made her remarks there were only 3,342 kids hospitalized. The number of children hospitalized is less than 5% of the number Sotomayor claimed.

Although the number of pediatric cases has been on the rise lately, they haven’t reached anywhere near what the Liberal justice said.

Experts believe the Supreme Court might rule against Biden’s mandate on private companies, but might keep the one for healthcare workers. Of course, it’s all speculation. The high court is notoriously unpredictable at times and this is no exception.

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