Pediatric COVID hospitalizations increase, doctors say children need to be protected

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alabama leads the country with the highest death rate from COVID-19 with a rate of 18 deaths for every 100,000 people during the period. This is compared to second place, which is West Virginia, where the rate is 10 deaths per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations in the state continue to fall. Doctors say it’s time for people to act and protect everyone, especially those who can’t get the vaccine, such as children under 12.

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama held a live Q&A on Facebook Thursday to address this. They said a quarter of COVID cases in the state are in children. They emphasized how dangerous the virus can be for children.

Overnight Alabama saw an increase in pediatric COVID patients. Of the 40 cases in the state, seven are in the ICU and two on ventilators.

dr. Candice Dye, a pediatrician, said the longer people remain unvaccinated, the greater the risk of new variants for everyone.

She encourages parents to add COVID precautions to children’s daily routines, whether it’s going to school or to the store.

As COVID fatigue continues for Alabamian, Dr. Dye urges families to remain vigilant.

She said some cases may seem milder than others, but the harsh reality is that many aren’t.

“Your kid or your uncle, whoever had it and it ‘wasn’t that bad,’ you know, tell that to the relative who huddled around their kid’s bed in the ICU or their grandmother’s bed in the ICU too,” said Dr. Dye.

State health experts hope vaccines will be available for children before Halloween.

dr. Scott Harris encourages people who qualify for the vaccine to get it.

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