Pediatric Care Under Stress In Jacksonville Amid COVID-19 Hospitalization Spike
Pediatric care in Jacksonville is under pressure amid a regional surge in COVID-19 cases.
On Friday, the Baptist Health system in Jacksonville reported it was treating 560 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with over 100 in the ICU. A dozen were at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, which in the last three weeks has reported over two dozen kids were hospitalized with COVID-19. Three kids were in Wolfson’s ICU on Friday.
In a Wednesday email update to patients and families, the Carithers Pediatric Group, a medical practice with two locations in Jacksonville, said its capacity has been “overwhelmed” due to the COVID-19 surge, between treating sick kids and fielding a flood of calls from concerned parents right before a new school year.
Florida broke its COVID-19 hospitalization record three times this week, with 12,516 patients hospitalized statewide on Thursday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all people who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine receive one, and that everyone older than age 2 wear a mask in school and camp settings.
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