Johns Hopkins All children’s hospital sees increase in children COVID-19 patients-CBS Tampa

Johns Hopkins All children’s hospital sees increase in children COVID-19 patients-CBS Tampa

Johns Hopkins All children’s hospital sees increase in children COVID-19 patients-CBS Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) -A local doctor says more and more children are showing up at the hospital with COVID-19, and it’s taking a toll on doctors. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Skt. Petersburg has 34 children hospitalized, and a doctor says the number is hard to hear.

Dr. Juan Dumois works at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Petersburg and says “More children are testing positive every week for the past few weeks than we have seen at any time since the pandemic began.”

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He says the number of children receiving COVID-19 is shocking.

“By the end of last week, that week, we had about 122 kids testing positive, and as an example, during our winter peak last December or so, we had maybe 25 in a week,” said Dr. Dumois.

Now, staff say 34 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the hospital, and ten of those children are in the ICU.

“It’s a little hard to see children getting as sick as they sometimes do when they get to the hospital with COVID-19,” said Dr. Dumois.

He says children are put on ICU if they need oxygen and a ventilator, or if they have MISC or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children

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“It makes them look miserable, they have a fever, there is inflammation throughout the body including the heart,” said Dr. Dumois.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 204,000 children tested positive in one week. and they now account for 22% of cases.

“We see children who are babies, and we see teenagers and all the spaces,” said Dr. Dumois.

Dr. Dumois says he encourages people to vaccinate their children and wear masks in public.

“The number of children we see proves that we are in the middle, not in the tail, of a full increase in the Delta variant, and it’s going to last a while longer,” said Dr. Dumois.

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Dumois says Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is doing well in the patient’s capacity at the moment, and hopefully that will not change.

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