Pediatric COVID-19 hospital admissions were up 311% between February 19 and April 20, 2021 in Michigan.
This is according to data from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). The data shows that the number of children hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms peaked at 70 this week.
That number is twice the number of hospital admissions during the last peak in November 2020. As of Thursday, April 22, the number of pediatric patients admitted to Michigan confirmed they had COVID-19 52, a slight decrease according to state data.
Michigan has had to deal with the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant of the virus. Public health officials are trying to understand how the variant is related to the increase in pediatric hospital admissions in the state.
“We absolutely have to be concerned about it,” said Dr. Kengo Inagaki, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital, in an interview with NBC. “We still have to be careful. We need to stand back and wear masks and avoid gatherings because that’s the best way to avoid COVID regardless of the load. “
Last week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) expanded mask requirements to children 2-4 years old. The order will run until May 24.
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