CDC Director Rochelle Walensky debunked Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's false claim that there are 100,000 pediatric COVID hospitalizations on Sunday. Justice Sotomayor, a Liberal Associate Justice appointed by former President Obama, magnified the number of severe COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among children as she tried to persuade Conservative Supreme Court justices that President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses should be imposed. [tweet_embed] January 10, 2022[/tweet_embed] "We have over 100,000 children, which we've never had before, in serious condition, and many on ventilators," Sotomayor said on Friday. Walensky rejected Sotomayor's claim during a piece of Fox News Sunday. "The number is not 100,000. It's roughly 3500 in hospitals now?" asked host Bret Baier. [tweet_embed] January 10, 2022[/tweet_embed] "Yes. In fact, what I will say is, while pediatric hospitalizations are rising, they're still about 15 fold less than hospitalizations of our older age or age demographic," Walensky answered. Sotomayor's exaggerated miscalculation - which can be easily contradicted with data reported by the CDC - shadows her overly-scared response to the pandemic, with her choosing to join Friday's hearing virtually. As of January 8, the number of hospitalizations in children in the U.S. is roughly 5,000, while the number of such hospitalizations has not exceeded the 84,000 cumulative since August, 2020. [tweet_embed] January 10, 2022[/tweet_embed] In the US, COVID-19 deaths are dropping, even as Omicron cases have surged to concerning figures. The country currently reports more than 59.8 million infections, while the seven-day average for deaths is at just above 1,500 - a drop from September. While pediatric hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the U.S. have reached the highest case count ever reported since the start of the pandemic, the Associate Justice's inaccurate claim exaggerated figures more than 20 times. Walensky also added that most children hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated and often display underlying conditions such as obesity. She added that the CDC will provide data on "how many of the 836,000 deaths in the US linked to COVID are from COVID and how many are with COVID." Nearly 7.9 million American children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, or more than 1 in 10. For the week ending December 30, more than 325,000 children were diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 64 percent increase as opposed to the week before. Children were 0.00 percent - 0.27 percent of COVID-19 deaths. About 600 Americans under the age of 18 have died of COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. On Friday, Conservative justices on the US Supreme Court questioned the legality of President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses as the nation's highest court weighed an appeal by Republican officials and business groups to block the policy.