Young child becomes Mississippi’s 6th pediatric COVID-19 death

Mississippi has lost six children to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, state health officials said. The sixth death, a child under the age of 5, was reported Wednesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said that according to the latest report, seven children have been admitted to intensive care due to COVID-19 and three on ventilators. said Byers. Byers said there is an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 17. “We’re now seeing more COVID in those kids. Sure, a lot of those kids aren’t vaccinated. We’re now encouraging everyone to make sure your kids 12 and older are vaccinated,” Byers said. While most children infected with COVID-19 will recover, some may experience severe symptoms, Byers said. Mississippi reported 3,385 new COVID-19 positive tests and 22 deaths on Wednesday. Byers said the number of hospital admissions appears to be leveling off, but there is still tremendous pressure on state hospitals. “We’re still seeing a lot of cases, guys. We’re seeing over 3,000 cases a day, almost. That’s still a lot of cases,” Byers said. “If we look at these deaths, we see some deaths in younger individuals — in their 40s, 30s and in some cases in their 20s. These are unvaccinated individuals.” According to Byers, the state is seeing progress in the number of people getting vaccinated. “That’s ultimately what will get us out of this,” Byers said. Byers encouraged those who test positive for COVID-19 to talk to their doctors about monoclonal antibody treatment, which can be given via IV infusion or four injections into the skin. “Don’t try to self-medicate,” Byers said. “More calls to the livestock ivermectin (poison) center. People have been taking them, either in an attempt to self-medicate in the event of a positive test for COVID, or to prevent COVID. Please do not attempt to self-medicate with animal medications We’ve seen some increases guys, let’s not do this.” Byers also encouraged people who are immunocompromised to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, which they can do by making an appointment through the MSDH website. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs did not attend Wednesday’s briefing or the governor’s press conference Tuesday. MSDH spokesperson Liz Sharlot said Dobbs is away for a family business, which she said was “lucky” in nature. Sharlot said Dobbs will return soon.

Mississippi has lost six children to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, state health officials said.

The sixth death, a child under the age of 5, was reported Wednesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health. State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said that according to the latest report, seven children have been admitted to intensive care due to COVID-19 and three on a ventilator.

“We’ve seen some increases in pediatric admissions due to COVID-19,” Byers said.

Byers said there is an increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in children ages 5 to 17.

“We’re seeing more COVID in those kids now. Sure, a lot of those kids aren’t vaccinated. We’re now encouraging everyone to make sure your kids 12 and older are vaccinated,” Byers said.

While most children infected with COVID-19 will recover, some may develop severe symptoms, Byers said.

Mississippi reported 3,385 new COVID-19 positive tests and 22 deaths on Wednesday. Byers said the number of hospital admissions appears to be leveling off, but there is still tremendous pressure on state hospitals.

“We’re still seeing a lot of cases, guys. We’re seeing over 3,000 cases a day, almost. That’s still a lot of cases,” Byers said. “If we look at these deaths, we see some deaths in younger individuals — in their 40s, 30s and in some cases in their 20s. These are unvaccinated individuals.”

Byers said the state is seeing progress in the number of people getting vaccinated.

“That’s ultimately what will get us out of this,” Byers said.

Byers encouraged those who test positive for COVID-19 to talk to their doctors about monoclonal antibody treatment, which can be given via IV infusion or four injections into the skin.

“Don’t try to self-medicate,” Byers said. “More calls to the livestock ivermectin (poison) center. People have been taking them, either in an attempt to self-medicate in the event of a positive test for COVID, or to prevent COVID. Please do not attempt to self-medicate with animal medications We’ve seen raises guys, let’s not do this.”

Byers also encouraged people with weakened immune systems to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, which they can do by making an appointment through the MSDH website.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs did not attend Wednesday’s briefing or the governor’s press conference Tuesday. MSDH spokesperson Liz Sharlot said Dobbs is away for a family business, which she said was “lucky” in nature. Sharlot said Dobbs will return soon.

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