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Early Release CDC Report Finds Increased COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Children and Adolescents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in an early release of the MMWR that emergency department visits and hospital admissions in persons under 18 years old with COVID-19 has increased significantly, particularly from June 2021 to August 2021.


About the Report

Published Friday, September 3, "Trends in COVID-19 Cases, Emergency Department Visits, and Hospital Admissions Among Children and Adolescents Aged 0-17 Years—United States, August 2020-August-2021," the report details trends of increasing numbers of children and adolescents with COVID-19 who require emergency medical intervention or acute care including inpatient hospitalization. Importantly, the Early Release MMWR reports, "Although COVID-19 generally results in milder disease in children and adolescents than in adults, severe illness from COVID-19 can occur in children and adolescents and might require hospitalization and [ICU] support."[1]

Additionally, the authors report, "Incidence in August 2021 among the three age groups [0-4, 5-11, and 12-17 years] reached 16.2, 28.5, and 32.7 per 100,000 persons, respectively," the highest since the peak of infections in January 2021.[2]


Importantly, compared to states with higher levels of vaccination, hospitalizations for children and adolescents were 4x higher in states with low levels of vaccination.


North Carolina Health Equity Project, Inc. Reminds Communities of the Importance of Vaccination and Prevention Efforts

Community vaccination, testing, and NPIs (nonpharmaceutical interventions) such as masking, social distancing, and hand-washing, are crucial in slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 2019, the virus that causes COVID-19. North Carolinians who are not yet vaccinated and who have questions can talk with their healthcare providers and visit COVID-19 Vaccine Information | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov). The NC Department of Health and Human Services also has an expanded NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center, available via phone at 888-675-4567.[3]


Community advocates should also share information from reliable and trusted sources about availability and safety of vaccines, especially from official State sources including the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines (clicking the image below will take you directly to NC DHHS).


References

[1] Siegel DA, Reses HE, Cool AJ, et al. Trends in COVID-19 Cases, Emergency Department Visits, and Hospital Admissions Among Children and Adolescents Aged 0–17 Years — United States, August 2020–August 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 3 September 2021. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7036e1

[2] Ibid.

[3] NC Department of Health and Human Services, https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines



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