Brevard pediatrician reports nearly 100 child COVID-19 patients in last month

MELBOURNE, Fla. Before the Brevard County School Board voted Tuesday to keep masks optional for teachers and children, board members asked a group of physicians such as pediatrician Dr. Mary Ulrich on the increased number of COVID-19 cases and its variants.

“However, the majority of children do not appear to be very ill or symptomatic of it,” Ulrich told the board on Tuesday evening.

Ulrich of Pediatrics in Brevard reports that nearly 100 children have been treated for COVID-19 in the past month, most in the past two weeks.

Ulrich said that if someone is very sick, they should go to the emergency room.

Brevard County’s largest hospital chain, Health First, reported another record 330 COVID patients on Thursday, but said there are no children at this time.

Meanwhile, AdventHealth in Orlando said the system has about a dozen child patients, a record high.

“COVID pneumonia is the most common form of illness in children and as a result, many of the children are given supplemental oxygen, for example,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Keating.


Just three days into the new year, Brevard Public Schools said district headquarters staff will be sent to Sabal Elementary School in Melbourne due to COVID cases.

A district spokesperson did not say whether they are teachers or students or how many there are.

The school was open on Thursday.

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