© Reuters. Alisson Argueta, 8, is given a coronavirus illness (COVID-19) check at a back-to-school clinic in South Gate, Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 12, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
(This August 14 story refiles to clarify within the second paragraph that the 1,902 hospitalizations contains each confirmed and suspected circumstances)
By Gabriella Borter
(Reuters) – The variety of youngsters hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US hit a document excessive of simply over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals throughout the South had been stretched to capability combating outbreaks brought on by the extremely transmissible Delta variant.
The Delta variant, which is quickly spreading amongst largely the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. inhabitants, has brought on hospitalizations to spike in current weeks, driving up the variety of confirmed and suspected pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations to 1,902 on Saturday, in accordance with knowledge from the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers.
Reuters contains confirmed and suspected COVID-19 circumstances for hospitalization, case and demise knowledge https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-states.
Youngsters presently make up about 2.4% of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalizations. Children below 12 will not be eligible to obtain the vaccine, leaving them extra weak to an infection from the brand new, extremely transmissible variant.
“This isn’t final 12 months’s COVID. This one is worse and our youngsters are those which can be going to be affected by it probably the most,” Sally Goza, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, informed CNN on Saturday.
The numbers of newly hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers aged 18-29, 30-39 and 40-49 additionally hit document highs this week, in accordance with knowledge from the U.S. Facilities of Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
The spike in new circumstances has ramped up stress between conservative state leaders and native districts over whether or not faculty youngsters must be required to put on masks as they head again to the classroom this month.
Faculty districts in Florida, Texas and Arizona have mandated that masks be worn in faculties, defying orders from their Republican state governors that ban districts from imposing such guidelines. The administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to withhold funding from districts that impose masks necessities, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott is interesting to the state Supreme Court docket to overturn Dallas County’s masks mandate, the Dallas Morning Information reported on Friday.
A fifth of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are in Florida, the place the variety of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers hit a document 16,100 on Saturday, in accordance with a Reuters tally. Greater than 90% of the state’s intensive care beds are stuffed, in accordance with knowledge from the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
The nation’s largest academics union, the Nationwide Schooling Affiliation, got here out in help of necessary vaccination for its members this week. NEA President Becky Pringle stated on Saturday that faculties ought to make use of each mitigation technique, from vaccines to masks, to make sure that college students can come again to their school rooms safely this faculty 12 months.
“Our college students below 12 cannot get vaccinated. It is our duty to maintain them secure. Protecting them secure implies that everybody who may be vaccinated must be vaccinated,” Pringle informed CNN.
The U.S. now has a mean of about 129,000 new COVID-19 circumstances per day, a charge that has doubled in a little bit over two weeks, in accordance with a Reuters tally. The variety of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers is at a six-month excessive, and a mean of 600 individuals are dying every day of COVID-19, double the demise charge seen in late July.
Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon have reported document numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations this month, in accordance with a Reuters tally, pushing healthcare techniques to function past their capability.
“Our hospitals are working to maximise their out there employees and beds, together with the usage of convention rooms and cafeterias,” Florida Hospital Affiliation President Mary Mayhew stated in an announcement on Friday.
In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown stated on Friday that she was sending 500 Nationwide Guard members to help overwhelmed hospitals, with 1,500 members in complete out there to assist.
In Jackson, Mississippi, federal medical staff are helping understaffed native groups at a 20-bed triage heart within the parking storage of the College of Mississippi Medical Middle (UMMC) to accommodate the overflow of COVID-19 sufferers.
Fifteen youngsters and 99 adults had been hospitalized with COVID-19 at UMMC as of Saturday morning, the hospital stated. Greater than 77% of these sufferers had been unvaccinated.