MILWAUKEE— In the midst of the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, and in Wisconsin which recorded its highest one-day total Tuesday since the pandemic began, doctors continue to track more pediatric cases which are landing kids in the hospital.
"We're seeing a lot more kids testing positive, no question," said Dr. James Conway, a pediatric infectious disease physicial and medical director of UW Health's immunization program. "I think nationally we've seen that over 20% of the positives are kids and so we're seeing that as well. We're seeing a fairly steady rate of hospitalizations since Delta swept through and then Omicron on top of it."
The Wisconsin DHS reports that just more than 2,000 children and teenagers age 19 and younger have been hospitalized with issues tied to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. While specific pediatric data statewide over the past month wasn't readily available, for Dr. Conway's part, he said the vast majority of pediatric cases, if not all he's personally seen, have been among children who haven't been vaccinated.
"I can't even recall a vaccinated kid that's been hospitalized with either acute respiratory or [multisystem inflammatory syndrome] disease," Dr. Conway added. "It's really very, very unusual. The people that get admitted to the hospital are the unvaccinated or haven't had a booster yet."
You can watch the entire interview with Dr. James Conway and Jason Fechner above.