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FLORIDA: At Least 40 Children Admitted To Hospitals For COVID On Monday

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Admissions Come As Pediatrician Group Releases Troubling Symptom Watchlist

The number of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Florida continues to rise, according to the AAP.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Just released data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that at least 40 children were admitted to hospitals in Florida for COVID-19 on Monday.

The data lists these children as “Pediatric COVID Confirmed.”

The CDC is pulling this data from 228 hospitals reporting daily information. Among the hospitals locally, Delray Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and both Baptist East and West.

Also on Monday, 1,759 adults were newly admitted with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The admissions were logged as the American Academy of Pediatrics released a list of symptoms that pediatricians are being encouraged to look for as they examine children who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Wrote the AAP in an advisory to pediatricians:

“At the follow-up visit after infection, pediatricians should take note of ongoing or residual issues that can include:

  • Respiratory: Because the lungs are the most commonly affected organ for patients with COVID-19 infection, persistent respiratory symptoms following acute COVID-19 are not uncommon. The symptoms include chest pain, cough, and exercise-induced labored breathing.
  • Cardiac: One of the most concerning aspects of COVID-19 infection is the risk for heart problems, including myocarditis. Symptoms of myocarditis can include chest pain and shortness of breath, as well as arrhythmias and fatigue.
  • Cognitive fogginess or fatigue: “Brain fog” (a generic term that refers to unclear or “fuzzy” thinking, inattention, difficulty with concentration or memory) is a frequent neurologic complaint in adults after COVID-19 infection. School aged-children and adolescents may have similar complaints.
  • Physical fatigue/poor endurance: Children and adolescents may complain of fatigue and poor endurance even without known cardiac and respiratory symptoms. Assuming both cardiac and respiratory function are clinically normal, post-viral fatigue typically improves over time.
  • Mental health/behavioral health: Pediatricians should be aware of the impact of stress and adjustment disorders when diagnosing and managing new symptoms in children who have experienced COVID-19.”

Concern over Pediatric COVID-19 cases, always high, continues to rise as the Palm Beach County School District’s first day of school is set for August 10th. As we reported earlier today, the school district is reminding parents that children must be quarantined for ten days following a positive test.

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