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Nationwide Children's Seeing Uptick In COVID Patients

Nationwide Childrens Hospital

At least 20 kids are hospitalized for COVID-19 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and a quarter of them are in the facility’s intensive care unit.

Dr. Rustin Morse, the chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, said the number of kids being hospitalized for the virus continues to grow.

"It is concerning to see that the pediatric volume of COVID patients in just one week in our hospital has doubled," Morse said.

Five of the 20 kids hospitalized there are in intensive care, he said. Two are on ventilators, and one of those kids does not have any underlying health conditions, Morse said.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital doesn’t release a daily count of children with COVID but its chief of staff, Dr. Patty Manning Courtney, said recently that the facility has been generally seeing higher numbers of cases than hospitals in Columbus and Cleveland.

Pediatric doctors repeatedly have said the best way to fight COVID in kids is to get them vaccinated if they are eligible and wearing masks inside buildings and crowded spaces.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.