Child hospitalizations for COVID-19 reaching record highs

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across South Carolina, medical leaders for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital say children are being hospitalized at record rates.

“On Monday, our positive community tests were at 47.9%. So that means almost one out of every two tests that we’ve being doing in the community in our practices have come back positive,” Dr. Robin LaCroix, the medical director for Children’s Hospital–Upstate, said during a Prisma Health press conference Thursday.

LaCroix said transmission rates among children in the Upstate are high.

On Wednesday, the Children’s Hospital almost reached their record in terms of children hospitalized with COVID-19, at 37 children hospitalized. By Friday, the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative reported the state had 35 children hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis.