People: More Than 1 Million Kids Were Infected with COVID Last Week

People: More Than 1 Million Kids Were Infected with COVID Last Week. “More than 1 million kids were infected with COVID-19 in the United States last week, the American Academy for Pediatrics reported Tuesday. In the week ending Jan. 20, just under 1,151,000 new pediatric cases were reported nationwide, a 17% increase from the week before, which had already been a record at more than 981,000.”

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi. “Experts say kids are at risk for several severe symptoms of the highly transmissible omicron coronavirus variant, and only 6% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Mississippi are fully vaccinated. In the state’s only children’s hospital, nearly all coronavirus patients are unvaccinated, or are to young to be vaccinated at this time. Dr. Anita Henderson is President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says some parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated because they may have had the coronavirus during the delta surge.”

The Reporter: Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge

The Reporter: Amid low COVID vaccine rates, more California children hospitalized in omicron surge. “This peak in hospitalizations of kids across the state has surpassed records set during last winter’s surge, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly last week. The state reached a high of 90 pediatric admissions in one day on Jan. 4, according to the California Department of Public Health. The previous high of 41 pediatric admissions in one day occurred in January 2021, a record surpassed earlier during the omicron surge on Dec. 29 with 50 admissions.”

Alabama Department of Public Health: Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high in Alabama, immediate measures necessary

Alabama Department of Public Health: Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high in Alabama, immediate measures necessary. “Hospitalizations of children in Alabama due to COVID-19 are at a record high, and immediate measures need to be taken to reduce COVID-19 in the pediatric population. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), urge parents to minimize their children’s exposure to COVID-19 in schools and public places, wear well-fitting masks in schools, and get vaccinated if they are eligible.”

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time

KVUE: Dell Children’s sees unusual trend of kids infected with COVID-19, other viruses at the same time. “During this COVID-19 surge, pediatricians are seeing an unusual trend of patients being infected with COVID-19 and a typical winter virus like the flu at the same time. ‘In pediatrics, very rarely you have two or three illnesses happening at the same time,’ said Dell Children’s Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Meena Iyer.”

WTVD: More than 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations added in the last week in North Carolina

WTVD: More than 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations added in the last week in North Carolina. “Hospitalizations jumped 376 since Friday. More than 1,000 patients have been added in the last week. That brings the COVID-19 hospitalization number back in line to where it was this time last year. The good news: the weekly share of patients on a ventilator and in the ICU with COVID-19 is continuing to trend down. But pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization are trending up–with 2.3% of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients listed as children. That’s one of the highest pediatric percentages the state has ever reported.”

KSNT: CDC cites obesity as culprit for hospitalizing children with COVID-19

KSNT: CDC cites obesity as culprit for hospitalizing children with COVID-19. “Childhood obesity in America was already putting children at risk for poor health, now it’s hospitalizing children and adolescents who have contracted coronavirus. In a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found approximately two-thirds of COVID-19 patients aged 12-17 were obese, and the length of stay in the hospital was twice that of non-obese adolescents.”