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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.