Northern Texas hospitals are reporting an increase in pediatric COVID-19 patients as federal data indicates the state is battling a high level of viral transmission.
As of July 28, Cook Children’s had 14 COVID-19 patients, with a seven-day positivity rate at 9 percent, hospital spokesperson Kim Brown told Fox News. The figures reflect an increase, with Brown adding, “on June 2nd, our seven-day percent positivity rate was 1 percent and we were seeing less than 10 COVID-19 positive tests per day.”
Dr. Marc Mazade, medical director of infection control and prevention at Cook Children’s Medical Center told Fox 4 News. that young patients are presenting with “severe respiratory distress just like adults do with a sudden onset of difficulty breathing.”
Mazade urged unvaccinated adults to receive jabs to protect young children not yet eligible for vaccine, or kids under age 12.
“The key to getting schools to stay open is to vaccinate all parents, adults and eligible children as soon as possible,” he told the outlet, also emphasizing the need to keep kids up to date on other routine immunizations amid missed appointments due to the pandemic.
As of July 28, Children’s Health, with locations in Dallas and Plano, reported 18 hospitalized COVID-19 patients systemwide and data indicates cases began to increase in late May to early June.