COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 cases among kids are increasing in our community, and so are other common respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). While the increase in COVID-19 cases among kids and teens is concerning, parents can take comfort in knowing that the number of kids with severe illness requiring hospitalization is still quite low. In addition:

  • Most children who are in our hospital with COVID-19 have preexisting conditions. Having a preexisting condition can put patients at higher risk of complications if they get COVID-19.
  • Most kids coming into our Emergency Department who test positive for COVID-19 are released for home treatment and are not admitted to the hospital.

COVID-19 Testing

If your child has no or mild symptoms, or just needs a test, go to a community testing site. Do not come to a Children's Emergency Department or Urgent Care Center for COVID-19 testing.


As of Tuesday, September 14, 2021*:

  • We have 50 patients* hospitalized in our system due to COVID-19 disease
  • 8.7% of total hospitalized patients have COVID-19 disease

*Hospitalized COVID-19 patients include those who meet the CDC surveillance definition for acute/active COVID-19 or are receiving care for COVID-19 related conditions. This data will be updated every Tuesday on an ongoing basis.


 Total COVID 19 Hospitalizations


Percent of hospitalizations with COVID-19

What do your child’s symptoms mean?

If your child is sick, our Pediatric Assessment Tool can help you determine if it fits the pattern for a cold, flu, COVID-19 or something else.


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