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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

More Jacksonville children are in hospital with COVID-19 than ever before. but there is good news

Jacksonville, Fla. – There are more children hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jacksonville than at any other point since the start of the pandemic. But there is some good news.

Health officials said that for the most part, those who are ill are not serious and are expected to recover.

News4JAX has reported on the tragic deaths of children from COVID-19 in the past. But as of this week, most of the children are in hospital for other reasons and found out that they too have coronavirus.

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Let’s start with the numbers: On Wednesday Wolfson Children’s Hospital had 24 babies with COVID-19 and four in the ICU. There were 19 cases on Tuesday and 14 cases on Monday. There were only three cases for most of the past week.

Pediatrician Dr. Steven Petishel said the increase is no surprise. He said that it is copying what is happening across the country and what is happening to adults.

“Luckily, what we’re seeing right now are children, in general, they don’t seem to be as sick as we were seeing several months ago. A lot of the patients we were seeing were being admitted for other reasons. ,” said Pattishal.

News4JAX heard the same thing from other Jacksonville clinics, such as Angel Children’s Pediatrics. The CEO said more children are testing positive than ever before, but the symptoms are similar to those of the flu.

The number of children hospitalized across the state is also increasing, but that is expected to end soon.

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News4JAX was talking to parents on testing and vaccine sites on Wednesday about what they are seeing with their children.

Erin Mooney has three children under the age of five.

“I do everything in my power to keep my children safe,” Mooney said.

Mooney said she has had COVID-19 before and is isolated from her children. Mooney hasn’t been vaccinated and when she and others around her children get sick, she says they get tested to make sure they don’t pass it on to children.

Although the illness may not be as bad as last summer, Dr Pattishal said parents should still call their doctor if their child tests positive.

“Watch out for any worsening symptoms which would include things like shortness of breath, decreased ability to take in fluids, being dehydrated and really lethargic. But again, a very small subset of kids are going to have that trouble. Most are very mild There will be symptoms. Most will have typical virus symptoms of runny nose, cough and headache,” Pattishal said.


UF Health said its numbers have been increasing throughout the week.

But Chad Nielsen, an infectious disease specialist at UF Health, said most of his COVID-19 patients just admitted are not being treated for serious illness.

“We are relatively stable. We saw a jump in our COVID-19 cases after a plateau late last week, but there is a slight increase in cases now, but I would say most of our current cases are casual COVID cases. Casualty What I mean by that, they came for other reasons,” Nielsen said.

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