Austin Public Health releases pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization data as students head back to school

From July 1 to August 15, 74 pediatric patients were admitted to local hospitals.

AUSTIN, Texas — In briefing with Austin and Travis County officials on Tuesday, Austin Public Health released data on pediatric COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, showing an increase in recent months compared to the beginning of the year.

APH provided the following pediatric case totals in the given time frames:

Less than 1 year old: 291 cases in March-December 2020; 347 in January-Aug. 16, 20211-9 years old: 1,899 cases in March-December 2020; 2,562 in January-Aug. 16, 202110-18 years old: 3,025 cases in March-December 2020; 3,559 in January-Aug. 16, 2021

Here are the confirmed cases reported to APH in Travis County each month:

Less than 1 year old: 135 cases 1-9 years old: 918 cases 10-17 years old: 1,299 cases Less than 1 year old: 43 cases 1-9 years old: 354 cases 10-17 years old: 502 cases Less than 1 year old: 16 cases1-9 years old: 172 cases10-17 years old: 243 cases Less than 1 year old: 26 cases1-9 years old: 183 cases10-17 years old: 271 cases Less than 1 year old: 9 cases1-9 years old : 93 cases10-17 years old: 147 cases Less than 1 year old: 14 cases1-9 years old: 65 cases10-17 years old: 70 cases Less than 1 year old: 60 cases1-9 years old: 524 cases10-17 years old: 717 cases Less than 1 year old: 44 cases1-9 years old: 253 cases10-17 years old: 310 cases

From July 1 to August 15, officials said 74 patients under the age of 18 have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Of these, 21 were taken to the ICU. Only one was on the ventilator.

“That patient has been reported as having a number of pre-existing conditions that make this child more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19,” said Austin Medical Director Dr. Desmar Walkes.

Of those admitted, 58.1% were in the range of 5-17, 24.3% were less than 1, and 17.6% were 1-4.

There are currently 3 children in our hospitals in the region with COVID. After weeks of inquiries from #KVUEDefenders – Austin Public Health has finally released the number of children who have ended up in our nearby hospitals. A total of 74 between July 1 and August 15. See chart below. @KVUE

— Terri Gruca (@TerriG_KVUE) August 17, 2021

According to APH’s report, officials said there were about 15-17 staffed ICU beds available for pediatric patients. At the time, there were only three patients under the age of 18 in the hospital.

“Looking at the numbers now, we again see a large number of pediatric cases that occur when masks are not mandatory and when children are not yet in school,” said Dr. walkes. “…so the fact that we now have this surge in pediatric cases… we’re really concerned that we need to bring back our mask cues to our kids, especially to protect those who can’t get vaccinations”

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