COVID-19 cases among kids are increasing in our community, and so are other common respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). While the increase in COVID-19 cases among kids and teens is concerning, parents can take comfort in knowing that the number of kids with severe illness requiring hospitalization is still quite low. In addition:
- Most children who are in our hospital with COVID-19 have preexisting conditions. Having a preexisting condition can put patients at higher risk of complications if they get COVID-19.
- Most kids coming into our Emergency Department who test positive for COVID-19 are released for home treatment and are not admitted to the hospital.
If your child has no or mild symptoms, or just needs a test, go to a community testing site. Do not come to a Children's Emergency Department or Urgent Care Center for COVID-19 testing.
As of Tuesday, September 21, 2021*:
- We have 49 patients* hospitalized in our system due to COVID-19 disease
- 8.7% of total hospitalized patients have COVID-19 disease
*Hospitalized COVID-19 patients include those who meet the CDC surveillance definition for acute/active COVID-19 or are receiving care for COVID-19 related conditions. This data will be updated every Tuesday on an ongoing basis.
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