CoxHealth has lately seen extra youngsters hospitalized with COVID-19, stated Dr. Kofi Asare-Bawuah, the well being system’s pediatrics medical director.
Since June 21, the well being system has cared for 9 pediatric COVID-19 sufferers, when beforehand the system would see two to 4 a month, Asare-Bawuah stated. The youngest was simply over every week outdated, and the oldest was 18.
“Those admitted are sicker than these we had beforehand admitted,” the physician stated. They wanted extra assist with getting sufficient oxygen.
Boone County has the best vaccination charge in Missouri nevertheless it joins an inventory of Missouri jurisdictions recommending residents put on masks indoors regardless of their vaccination standing.
“It’s essential that group members do every thing doable to guard themselves and one another, no matter vaccination standing. It’s particularly essential to assist shield those that can’t get vaccinated, particularly youngsters underneath the age of 12,” learn the general public well being advisory issued Wednesday by Columbia-Boone County Public Well being and Human Companies.
Well being officers in Jefferson, St. Louis and St. Louis County issued a similar advisory six days ago as space instances and hospitalizations present upward tendencies.