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Pediatric Care Under Stress In Jacksonville Amid COVID-19 Hospitalization Spike

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Rendering of the Baptist Health system at night.

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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Raymon Troncoso can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RayTroncoso.

Reporter Raymon Troncoso joined WJCT News in June of 2021 after concluding his fellowship with Report For America, where he was embedded with Capitol News Illinois covering Illinois state government with a focus on policy and equity. You can reach him at (904) 358-6319 or and follow him on Twitter @RayTroncoso.