20% or more of positive COVID tests are pediatric patients, says Bronson Children’s Hospital

A total of 76 pediatric COVID-19 patients have been admitted to Bronson’s Children Hospital – 51 of those cases in 2021 alone.

In recent weeks, the debate over mask mandates in schools has become the subject of critical scrutiny.

Recent provincial committee meetings have revealed disagreement over whether children should wear masks this school year. The gatherings became lively – and sometimes even hostile – in Ottawa and Kent counties, with parents pro and against wearing masks in schools.

13 ON YOUR SIDE turned to Bronson Children’s Hospital to see how the COVID-19 climate is developing for children as the school year progresses.

Bronson has recorded 2,800 positive COVID-19 tests in children since the start of the pandemic, said Dr. Gregory Tiongson, the medical director of Bronson Children’s Hospital in a statement. There have been 1,700 pediatric cases since early 2021.

Tiongson says 20 to 25 percent of all Bronson’s positive tests come from children.

A total of 76 pediatric COVID-19 patients have been admitted to Bronson’s Children Hospital – 51 of those cases in 2021 alone.

The hospital cares for newborns to 17-year-olds. Patients have experienced respiratory failure and in some cases have required ventilators and intubation. Children of different ages have also been included with Multi Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

“In my clinical opinion, it is never trivial if a child has a COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Tiongson.

Children with MIS-C and others with milder COVID-19 infections are at risk for permanent heart problems.

Tiongson says frequent hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks indoors and vaccinations will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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