ADPH reports surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in pediatric patients – WKRG News 5

Posted: August 20, 2021 / 10:58 AM CDT / Updated: August 20, 2021 / 10:59 AM CDT

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ALABAMA — The Alabama Department of Health says there is a significant increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 at this time of year, compared to the same time in 2020.

ADPH confirmed that at least 50 children statewide have been hospitalized and that at least 9 children were recently on a ventilator in one day.

“I am deeply concerned that the children of Alabama are experiencing more illness and hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19. Children can and do contract and spread COVID-19 disease,” confirms ADPH pediatrician Dr. Karen Landers.

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“COVID-19 can be a very serious illness in children with at least 6 percent of children experiencing long-term effects from this illness. Furthermore, at least 113 children in our state have suffered from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome of Childhood (MIS-C), a serious illness that occurs after COVID disease and affects several organs, including the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys. , among other systems.”

“Delta variant is responsible for most SARS-CoV-2 cases in Alabama based on surveillance. Delta can replicate and infect earlier than previous SARS-CoV-2 variants. These factors are fueling the rise in COVID-19 among Alabama’s children,” notes Dr. Benjamin Estrada, director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, professor of pediatrics, University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

ADPH recommends that all children 12 years and older be vaccinated against COVID-19 and recently issued guidelines for schools that any child who has tested positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation at home for 10 days to prevent the virus from spreading to other students. prevent , staff and teachers.

ADPH also recommends that if you’ve been in close contact, you should be home quarantine unless you meet certain exceptions, including having had COVID-19 within 90 days of exposure, are fully vaccinated, and, in the K-12- classroom environment, there was correct and appropriate mask use with 3 or more feet of distance.

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ADPH reports between August 1 and August 12, 2020 that Alabama had 1,356 COVID-19 patients ages 5-17. In the same period in 2021, there were 6,181 reports among 5-17 year olds.

In the past four weeks, 6.2 percent of COVID-19 cases in Alabama were in children ages 0-4, while 8.1 percent were in the age bracket of 5 to 17.

The current percentage of positive rates among individuals 5-17 in Alabama is higher than the state average, with at least 27 percent of SARS-CoV-2 tests positive in children.

“All Alabamians must take the threat of this virus more seriously than ever before and implement all preventive and mitigation measures to protect the children of Alabama,” Landers said.

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