JACKSON, Mississippi – Mississippi health officials are sounding the alarm on the delta variant of COVID-19 after seven children were hospitalized in intensive care units, including two on life support.
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State health worker Dr. Thomas Dobbs confirmed the pediatric hospitalizations, noting that the majority of current cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi are from the highly contagious delta variant, WHBQ reported.
In a TweeterDobbs also corrected a previous report from the state’s health department that incorrectly stated 12 children were in intensive care and 10 were on life support.
Dr. Alan Jones, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, told WAPT that the hospital is treating four COVID-19 pediatric patients, two of whom are on ventilators.
“We have had more pediatric admissions than at the start of the pandemic,” Jones told the TV station, noting the facility is bracing for a further surge in patient numbers.
“What we’re doing to prepare for this is operationalize the plan we’ve refined over the past few months to make sure we’re ready for the big increases in hospitalizations,” Jones said.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the 7 sick children are among 219 new COVID-19 infections reported on Tuesday. The state has also confirmed 10 recent COVID-related deaths and 34 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities, WHBQ reported.
To date, Mississippi has reported 325,072 cumulative COVID-19 infections, resulting in 7,451 deaths. Almost 1.1 million inhabitants have been fully vaccinated, the TV channel reported.
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