The latest snapshot shows 84% of those patients were unvaccinated, he said. Fully vaccinated patients tended to have compromised immune systems or other illnesses.
Kids are also getting caught up in the dangerous trends.
“It’s true that children typically don’t have a very rough time with COVID. Many weather it with minor symptoms, not that much worse than a cold, but not all of them do,” Dunagan said.
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis started the summer with fewer than eight children testing positive for COVID-19 in the emergency department and one or two children hospitalized with COVID-19 at any given time.
“Since the delta variant has been rearing itself, we are seeing double digits in the emergency department, and we have typically between eight and 12 kids in the hospital with COVID,” said the hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Marya Strand.
Kids not protected
Among CoxHealth hospitals serving southwest Missouri, where the delta variant hit first, doctors cared for two children hospitalized with COVID in May, 10 in June and 18 in July, officials said.
The children seen at Cardinal Glennon are either unvaccinated or too young for the vaccine, Strand said. “So, these children rely on their families and their community to be vaccinated to protect them, which we haven’t done.”
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