Providence reports more pediatric COVID cases in latest surge

The hospital thinks they saw as many as 10 at one point.

September 23, 2021 18:39

Posted: September 23, 2021 18:39

Updated: September 23, 2021 8:30 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center sees more pediatric cases in latest COVID spike.

“I don’t know what my daily count is today, but this is really the first time in the COVID peak this past week where we’ve seen an increase in children admitted to care for COVID,” Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Getz said.

He says many are too young to be vaccinated. In addition, many who qualify for the vaccine are not vaccinated.

The Delta variant is eight to ten times more contagious than the original variant.

Getz says he expects to see more cases of children with COVID.

“Fortunately, we don’t see children getting sick almost as much as adults at the frequency we see in adults. But when kids have conditions, when they’re born with heart, lung, cancer, and COVID problems, it’s a terrible mix. They can get very, very sick and the care is very similar to what we see in adults,” he said.

Getz says most children don’t get so sick that they need a ventilator, but it does happen and it’s tragic when a child needs so much care.

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