UMMC: 30 pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19, record-high


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson reported a total of 135 hospitalized COVID-19 patients as of Friday, August 20.

There are 105 adult patients with COVID-19, and there are 30 pediatric patients with COVID-19, which is a record-high for Children’s of Mississippi since the beginning of the pandemic.

Leaders at UMMC said the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is to blame for driving up the number of hospitalized children at Children’s of Mississippi. All of the beds are full at the state’s only children’s hospital.

“The pediatric COVID-19 cases are going up, but the other cases we traditionally see aren’t stopping,” said Dr. Jennifer Hong, associate chief medical officer for Children’s of Mississippi. “The RSV cases keep coming.  We are still seeing traumas – like car wrecks and gunshot wounds, sepsis, cancer, and heart failure. Those haven’t stopped. It’s unrelenting.”

Just as in the adult hospital at UMMC, Children’s of Mississippi is also under stress as medical teams work to care for large numbers of children infected with respiratory viruses and a rising number of children with COVID-19.

“We’re now seeing new COVID-19 admissions who are otherwise healthy children,” said Dr. Mary Taylor, Suzan B. Thames Chair, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

At UMMC, Eight point five percent of COVID-19 patients are fully vaccinated, and 70.3 percent are unvaccinated.

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 5,048 of new coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Mississippi, along with 54 additional deaths. This is the state’s highest single-day record of new cases.

To learn more about vaccination and MSDH guidance on COVID-19, click here.

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