Omicron cases surge: More than 4,000 children hospitalized nationwide, report says


A document variety of children had been hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the nation, based on a brand new report. 

The Washington Post stated Friday that its figures present extra than 4,000 pediatric hospitalizations, together with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 sufferers. 


The paper reported that fewer than 2,000 children had been in hospitals with COVID-19 much less than two weeks in the past.

“The seven-day average of pediatric hospitalizations was slightly lower at 3,713. Hospitalizations of adults are also rising rapidly,” the Post said.

The U.S. is urging that everybody ages 12 and older get a COVID-19 booster as quickly as they’re eligible because the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the nation.

Courtney Martin, left, a nurse on the University of Washington Medical Center, provides the primary shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Ani Hahn, 7, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Seattle. 
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

It is crucial that we defend our children and teenagers from COVID-19 an infection and the problems of extreme illness,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated in an announcement.

“This booster dose will provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the omicron variant. I encourage all parents to keep their children up to date with CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine recommendations,” she stated.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the one choice for American children of any age and the agency says about 13.5 million children ages 12 to 17 have acquired two pictures. 


Although consultants cautiously say that omicron seems to trigger much less extreme illness and fewer hospitalizations, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that the variant of concern spreads rather more simply than different variants. 

Omicron at the moment accounts for extra than 90% of U.S. cases. 

“The sheer volume of infections because of its profound transmissibility will mean that many more children will get infected,” Fauci stated.

COVID-19 cases in U.S. children and youngsters almost doubled within the final two weeks of December, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

From Dec. 22-28, a mean of 378 children 17 and beneath had been admitted per day to hospitals with COVID-19, which the CDC stated was a 66% enhance from the week earlier than.

During the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, a mean of 672 children 17 and beneath had been admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 – extra than double the quantity from the earlier week.

Overall, new COVID-19 cases in Americans of all ages have risen to the best ranges on document. 

New York, which warned about the rise in pediatric hospitalizations on the finish of the 12 months, set a document of 85,476 cases on Saturday, breaking the state’s document set simply days earlier. The surge in cases got here amid excessive numbers of testing.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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