Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare officials confirmed Thursday that one of their pediatric coronavirus patients has died.
Officials said the patient was under five years old and died in the past month. Due to patient privacy, they were unable to provide further details. During an online media release, Dr. Thomas Truman, specialist in pediatric intensive care, as the Delta variant spreads, he sees more intense effects on children.
“Like the rest of the state of Florida, we have seen a significant and worrying increase in pediatric COVID patients entering the hospital and indeed admitted. In the past 2 months alone, we have seen more cases than in the previous five months combined. They tend to be sicker and need more help and more media therapy,” Truman said.
Truman said he is also concerned about a multisystem inflammatory syndrome that sometimes affects children after they recover from the coronavirus. He said that with more young people testing positive, he expects more of those cases. He urges everyone who can get vaccinated and says universal masking is an important part of making children safer.