JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The total number of COVID-19 pediatric hospitalizations in Florida reached a new high, according to data released Friday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Friday’s update found that a total of 237 pediatric patients had been confirmed with COVID-19 in the state. The previous high was 235 reported on Wednesday.
Federal data also showed on Friday that a total of 11,160 COVID-19 patients with COVID-19 had been hospitalized in Florida.
Health experts addressed the COVID-19 numbers on Friday during a monthly UF Health conference call.
dr. Chirag Patel of UF Health Jacksonville — who was on the call — said there have been nearly 200,000 more pediatric COVID-19 cases nationwide than during the worst five weeks of the delta variant surge.
He also confirmed that the number of hospitalizations of children is increasing.
Baptist Health reported Friday that it had 227 COVID-19 patients at its five hospitals. Of those, 25 were in Wolfson Children’s Hospital and seven in the ICU. The pediatric numbers for Wolfson for the past three days — 24 on Wednesday, 23 on Thursday and 25 on Friday – are all higher than the highest point in the delta variant wave for Wolfson. The seven children in ICU during delta correspond to the highest number for pediatric ICU patients at Wolfson.
Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, said: the United States has an average of 800,000 new COVID-19 cases per day and Florida averages about 63,000 new cases per day, fueled primarily by the ommicron variety.
On Friday, UF Health had 138 COVID-19 patients, 19 of whom were in intensive care.
Doctors who discussed the coronavirus during Friday’s call also said they are following research showing that children are more likely to be re-diagnosed with diabetes after contracting the virus.
And they said COVID-19 will likely become similar to the common cold.
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