Ballad Health: Pediatric COVID-19 cases on the rise | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) — Ballad Health reported Thursday morning that there are six children battling the novel coronavirus at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

This is an increase of two pediatric patients since Wednesday, according to data from the health system, which spans a 21-county catchment area in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

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While declines were seen in other areas — such as overall COVID-19 hospitalizations and the Intensive Care Unit — Ballad reported a contrast in Thursday’s seven-day death averages than previously reported on Wednesday.

Ballad Health reported on Thursday that there have been 64 COVID-related deaths in the region in the past seven days, compared to 46 deaths reported Wednesday in the past seven days.

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Ballad officials have previously told News Channel 11 that about half of those who refuse to the point of needing a ventilator to breathe eventually die from the virus.

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The following is a breakdown of the COVID-19 data provided by Ballad Health on December. 16:

Total number of COVID-19 hospital admissions: 237 (-8) Total number of COVID-19 PUIs (patient under study): 6 (+2) Total number of COVID-19 admissions: 18 (-6) Total COVID-19 discharges: 26 (-1) COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 70 (-1) COVID-19 patients on a ventilator: 55 (+1) Pediatric Patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital: 6 (+2)Percentage of population fully vaccinated: 46.7%

The region’s positivity rate stands at 15.8% on Thursday, up slightly from the positive figure reported earlier Wednesday.

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