Child COVID hospitalizations reach record high

More children are being hospitalized for COVID than ever before as Michigan's infection rate soars.

COVID-19 is dangerous for children.

That’s a message medical experts are trying to get out to the public as the number of child hospitalizations related to the coronavirus reaches an all-time high in Michigan.

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On Monday, 49 children were being treated for COVID-19 at hospitals around the state. It may sound like a small number compared to hospitalizations for other age groups, but it shows that even kids are susceptible to the ravages of the disease.

The dangers of COVID-19 in children extend beyond just the effects on them. Data from the state indicates that the recent surge in infections in Michigan may be tied to spread of the disease among young people.

That surge is being led by outbreaks among student athletes at K-12 schools throughout the state. The latest outbreak report from the state shows more than 300 new and ongoing outbreaks in school and daycare settings.

The state’s top epidemiologist reported last week that new infections among kids age 10 to 19 are at an all-time high, quadrupling over the past month.

All of that led to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request last week that schools postpone sporting events and move to remote classes for two weeks – a request that has largely fallen on deaf ears.

You can read more on Bridge Michigan.

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