Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirms first pediatric admission for COVID-19

UVALDE, Texas – The wave of COVID-19 delta variants continues to severely affect children in the state of Texas, including Uvalde County.

Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed to KSAT on Friday that a child had been admitted due to COVID-19 – the first pediatric admission to date.

“We have seen an increase in childhood cases and this week saw our first pediatric admission for COVID,” the hospital said in a statement.

UMH has not released the age of the patient or their condition.

While Uvalde County, like most Texas counties, is in the midst of another wave of COVID-19, UMH officials said there haven’t been as many hospitalizations with the virus as during the last two peaks.

“We’ve recently seen an increased number of COVID patients in our ER and hospital admissions, but we’re not seeing the volume we’ve seen in the previous two spikes,” UMH officials said. “Last year around this time, we almost exclusively saw COVID patients in the ER.”

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This year, the hospital is seeing several COVID-19 admissions on top of other regular emergency needs, including stroke, cancer, heart disease, etc. As of March 1, UMH has had 65 COVID-19 admissions.

As of Friday, August 6 at 3 p.m., the hospital said it currently has 18 active COVID-19 admissions, although this number may change due to the wave.

UMH’s highest patient volume day for the ER was July 5, with 101 patients. Hospital officials said the average in July was 72 patients per day.

Still, due to increased COVID-19 admissions, the hospital said transfers were more difficult and that it has kept patients “in the ER for a longer period of time, only as needed”.

Currently, Uvalde County’s positivity rate is at 23.8% and there are an estimated 223 active COVID-19 cases.

Click here to see the latest COVID-19 numbers in Uvalde County.

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