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Covid-19 “Delta Surge” Hitting Mississippi-Seven Children Currently in ICU

As the delta variant spreads rapidly across the U.S.Mississippi officials are warning about hospitalizations of children with severe cases of COVID-19.

Of the seven children currently in the intensive care unit due to COVID-19two are on ventilatorsaccording to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Dobbs initially said 12 children statewide were in the ICU due to COVID-19though later revised that to a smaller number after a hospital corrected its report.

Children are less likely than adults to have serious COVID-19 infections.

Dr. Alan Jonesassociate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jacksontold ABC News Wednesday that his facility was seeing a

Significant increase” in pediatric patients over the last several weeks.

The medical center is currently treating five children with confirmed COVID-19 casestwo of whom are in the ICU. Two other children at the hospital are being investigated for potential COVID-19 infectionshe said.

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A nurse pulls a ventilator into an exam room where a patient with COVID-19 went into cardiac arrest.

The state has been seeing a “Pretty alarming” increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizationsDobbs said during a press briefing last Fridayas the highly contagious delta variantwhich was initially identified in Indiahas quickly become the dominant variant in the state.

We have seen pretty much an entire takeover of the delta variant for our transmission,” Dobbs said during the briefingnoting that the current cases in the state are “Pretty much all delta.”

Between June 15 and July 9the delta variant accounted for 80of all specimens sequenced in the stateaccording to Dobbs. Hospital systems are not currently overwhelmedbut Dobbs said there are “Concerns about it going forwardas has been seen in other states” due to deltawhich has become the dominant variant nationwide.

Mississippi’s daily COVID-19 case average has more than doubled in the last three weeksLess than three weeks agothere were under 100 patients receiving care for COVID-19 in Mississippi. As of July 11, there were nearly 200. Hospital admissions have also increased by 26.7% in the last week. The state has seen an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks as wellparticularly among youthin summer activities and nursing homesDobbs said.

Jones said his hospital’s pediatric patients seem to be more symptomatic than the children who became ill earlier in the pandemic, which he attributed to the delta variant.

Our collective under-vaccination in the state has put us all at riskespecially the most vulnerable,” Dobbs said.

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