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.
Vaccines and Kids: What Children's Physicians Want Parents to Know
These are challenging times to be a parent. We know many of you have questions—and concerns—about vaccines, the Delta variant and the pediatric condition known as MIS-C. Dr. Jim Fortenberry, Chief Medical Officer at Children’s, and Dr. Andi Shane, Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Children’s, teamed up to address your most commonly asked questions.
As of Tuesday, March 21, 2023*:
- We have 8 patients* hospitalized in our system due to COVID-19 disease
- 1.4% 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.
Download 2022 COVID-19 hospitalization data.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Under 5
The FDA has approved the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 5 years old. Children’s doctors weigh in on vaccine safety, when to vaccinate and why it’s still important.
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