5 COVID-19 patients on ventilators at Children’s Of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Once considered by many to be primarily a disease that affects the elderly, COVID-19 has started infecting children at an increasing rate, according to officials from Children’s of Alabama.
Children’s released a statement Thursday saying the hospital is treating 22 COVID-19 patients, five of whom are under medical assistance.
“There has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-positive patients treated at the Children’s of Alabama in recent weeks,” the hospital said in a statement. “For comparison, 13 was our highest COVID count in January 2021 at the height of the latest wave. “
This marked increase is due to the community spread of the delta variant which affects young people, including children, hospital officials said.
“The threat to Alabamians is serious. There are three proven ways to slow the spread of this highly transmissible strain of the virus: vaccination for all ages 12 and up, masking, especially indoors, and social distancing. “
The statement continued, “Children’s strongly encourages the community to help us protect the most vulnerable in our state by taking these three precautions and following current CDC COVID recommendations, including washing hands, using hand sanitizer. and stay home if you are sick. “