EL PASO, Texas – A pediatrician in El Paso said the number of Covid-19 pediatric hospitalizations is not increasing compared to other major cities in the state and country, confirming the area’s high vaccination coverage.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, of the more than 13,000 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, 278 are children.
Of the entire El Paso Trauma Service Region, which also includes Hudspeth and Culberson counties, only 1 child is hospitalized with Covid-19.
“Some of this was clearly fueled by kids going back to school,” says Dr. Glenn Fennelly, chairman of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso and chief transformation officer at El Paso Children’s Hospital.
New data from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that one in four new cases of Covid-19 are diagnosed in children, and across the country, some states reported that children made between 1.6 and 4 percent of their total hospitalizations.
dr. In general, Fennelly said children with Covid-19 show only mild symptoms, but those who are hospitalized typically have difficulty breathing.
In some cases, these children may require assisted ventilation and are sometimes treated with remdesivir or dexamethasone to prevent more serious consequences.
Children who are older and immunocompromised are also more likely to get sick.
“We can predict that certain children who can get sick, whether these are overweight children, who have a so-called body mass index of 30 or more, are at risk for diabetes.”
At a city council meeting Monday, city manager Tommy Gonzalez said Covid-19 cases are declining, especially among school-aged children.
Gonzalez also mentioned vaccination coverage and noted an increase in vaccination from ages 12 to 15 — noting that 69% in that age group are fully vaccinated.