Michigan marks ‘record high’ COVID-19 hospitalizations among kids

Children aren’t immune to COVID-19. They can get sick, just like adults do. They can be hospitalized, the same as adults. And rarely, they can even die.

That’s the message doctors at several of Michigan’s children’s hospitals want people to hear as the state confronts yet another massive surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, which reached 3,953 Monday, surpassing the state’s November/December spike. 

“The state is at a record high for hospitalizations for pediatrics during the entire pandemic and our hospital reflects that,” said Dr. Rudolph Valentini, a pediatric nephrologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and group chief medical officer for the Detroit Medical Center.

Statewide, 49 children were hospitalized Monday with either confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, according to state data.

With Michigan’s case rate of 515.8 per 100,000 people over the last week — the worst in the nation and four times higher than the rate

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At the moment, DeSantis looks like our best bet in 2024. On the other hand, the media have plenty of time to shred him.

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